Whatsapp, Easter and malware: there is a common thread that unites them, that is … there chocolate. Put like this it may sound strange, but what is happening around Europe on the messaging platform is quite clear and not funny at all. We are referring to yet another chain of Sant’Antonio that promises succulent Milka-branded Easter baskets, eggs and bunnies that your throat can’t say no to.
Yet one must be able – at least in this case – to know how to “give up”: there is no prize, nor any chocolate intended for the lucky 5,000 extracted as the message says. Obviously to redeem the sweet thought need click on a Russian domain link. And this should make you suspicious, in fact once you open the infected page you risk being flooded with malware and advertising and having subscriptions to online services automatically activated.
So if you get this message, do two things:
- warn those who sent it not to spread it because it is a scam
- report it to WhatsApp: just hold down on the message and select “Report”
A couple of clarifications: first of all it is not a WhatsApp virus, the bad guys simply exploit the platform’s popularity and popularity for their own criminal purposes; and, second aspect that must be emphasized, Milka has nothing to do with this “offer”.
Similar cases have already been recorded in the past, especially around the holidays: remember for example the New Year’s Virus a couple of years ago, another chain of Sant’Antonio complete with a site to click on. Different message, different link, same malware threat, unwanted subscriptions and intrusive advertising. And then there are also cases of smishing, phishing via message for the theft of personal data: last year the attempt to steal sensitive information on WhatsApp through a message promising the (fake) download of the Green Pass was very widespread.