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WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular messaging app out there but the popularity is always embedded with some roadblocks. A few years ago a hoax in the disguise of an update was circulated on WhatsApp and when people used to open it, the application and the phone was injected with the virus. This hoax was named ‘WhatsApp Gold’.
The situation has again become concerned as “WhatsApp Gold” has made a comeback on the messaging platform. The information about this issue was circulated by avid WhatsApp users on twitter:-
One user wrote: “Got this and am circulating just in case it’s true. FYI: Whatsapp Gold. A video will be launched tomorrow in Whatsapp called Martinelli. DO NOT OPEN it. Its a virus which goes into your phone and nothing will fix it. Do not update to Whatsapp Gold the virus is serious.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Got this and am circulating just in case it’s true. <br><br>FYI: Whatsapp Gold. A video will be launched tomorrow in Whatsapp called Martinelli. DO NOT OPEN it. Its a virus which goes into your phone and nothing will fix it. Do not update to Whatsapp Gold the virus is serious.</p>— Anna Moore (@5AMoores) <a href="https://twitter.com/5AMoores/status/1080920696878960647?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The virus reportedly hacks the user phone and the hacker is then able to download every personal information including passwords and personal photos.


Another user wrote: “This is doing the rounds again. Apparently tomorrow Whats App Gold will be a thing and screw your phone up. #WhatsAppGold #Martinelli #WhatsApp”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is doing the rounds again. Apparently tomorrow Whats App Gold will be a thing and screw your phone up. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatsAppGold?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WhatsAppGold</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Martinelli?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Martinelli</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatsApp?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WhatsApp</a> <a href="https://t.co/4nHA4N07Xi">pic.twitter.com/4nHA4N07Xi</a></p>— TechBuzz Ireland 👨‍💻 (@techbuzzinfo) <a href="https://twitter.com/techbuzzinfo/status/1080553154452881408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 2, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The company has come forward and asked the users to be careful of such malware, they have claimed that any update will be available on Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store; other than these two platforms, no other platform provides authentic updates for the messaging application. WhatsApp users should also be careful of such messages with the ‘Forwarded’ label.
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- Shivam
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