MCMC Warns Public Against Downloading Malicious 'Pink WhatsApp'
by: The Beat Asia
June 29, 2023
In a statement released on June 27, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) warned the public not to download the “Pink WhatsApp” that has been circulating online, as it is a “malicious application.”
According to the MCMC, the harmful app promises its users better privacy and security features, the ability to transfer larger files, and a personalised interface. However, the app poses a security risk by having access to the users’ files on their phones, including photos, contact lists, and SMS.
The regulatory body also warned users not to click on any links or download the app, even if they appear to be coming from WhatsApp itself. Users must delete the app immediately if it’s already installed.
“MCMC recommends downloading mobile applications only from official app stores, such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Huawei AppGallery,” the statement read.
MCMC also reminded the public to be wary of downloading apps to their phones to safeguard their personal data. Should there be suspicious activities related to the “Pink WhatsApp,” MCMC urges the public to report them via their website or contact them at 1800-188-030.
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