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Fake WhatsApp Android app tricks a million users — and it’s still live!

Over one million Android users have downloaded a fake version of the popular messaging application WhatsApp, it has emerged.

Motherboard reports an app called Update WhatsApp, which bears an icon similar to the official logo, tricked an unfathomable amount of users.

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The convincing fake even listed WhatsApp Inc. as the developer on the Play Store listing.

With the million+ downloads, the report claims the fake app is the most successful of its kind.

Crazily, the app is still live on the Google Play Store under the moniker Dual Whatsweb Update.

The malicious software riddled the unfortunate victims’ phones with advertisements.

In this instance, it appears as if the unscrupulous developer in question was simply attempting to make a quick buck from ad impressions.

It doesn’t seem as if the software has been designed to commandeer the phone in question or steal the personal data of unsuspecting Android users.

While little damage appears to have been done, it’s rather remarkable this app was able to make it through Google’s Play Store’s vetting process and stay live for so long.

“We see so many fake copies and fraudulent apps,” Mike Murray of mobile security firm Lookout told Motherboard.

“It’s always going to be a cat and mouse game between the bad guys and the good guys.”

Neither the developer nor Google have commented on the incident thus far.

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