Public alert: National Security warns of new malware found in WhatsApp, Telegram Apps

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National Security warns of new malware

The Ministry of National Security in Ghana is alerting the public to the existence of malicious malware that was recently found and implanted in Telegram and WhatsApp versions that were altered for Android smartphones.

A statement addressed to Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, claims that research by the international cybersecurity company Kaspersky revealed the malware.

According to Kaspersky, the recently discovered malware known as “CanesSpy” speaks Arabic and Azerbaijani.

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This malware is very dangerous because it can retrieve private data, such as phone number, mobile country code, mobile network code, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), and contact and account information of the victim, every five minutes.

The National Security statement stated, “In the meantime, Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has filed a lawsuit against three (3) developers in China and Taiwan, for distributing unofficial WhatsApp applications, including HeyMods, that compromised over one million user accounts.”

National Security warns of new malware

In light of the significant number of Ghanaians who use the Telegram and WhatsApp platforms, Minister of National Security Albert Kan-Dapaah calls on Minister of Communications and Digitalization Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to take immediate action. Join Our Whatsapp Community Here.

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