If you are active on WhatsApp, you may have come across a message asking you to click on a link to install a pink version of the instant messaging application on your device.

Experts have warned you to not click on the link, as it is a virus that would allow hackers to gain complete access to your device!

India Today reported that the alert was raised by Indian cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia, who recently tweeted: "Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don't click on any link with the name of #WhatsAppPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost."
According to Rajshekhar, the malicious virus dupes users into thinking the pink version is WhatsApp's "official new look", and once clicked, it will completely lock the device owner out of their WhatsApp account, and their device too.

Hackers can also gain full access to the victim's device and their data, to be used for nefarious means.

Some users have already begun forwarding such messages in WhatsApp groups, said the report.

Rajshekhar urged WhatsApp users to stop forwarding such unverified or suspicious links, and stick to the updates rolled out by WhatsApp only, and not download any APK or mobile apps that bypass the official source, such as Google Play Store and Apple's App Store.

Source: India Today
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