Authorities in Spain have issued a warning about a phishing campaign that impersonates WhatsApp to deceive consumers into installing a trojan. The recipients are advised to get copies of their chats and call records from a website that only sells the NoPiques virus.
The NoPiques (“Do not chop”) malware is packaged in an a.zip archive that infects vulnerable devices on execution. The Spanish language subject line for dangerous emails is often ‘Copia de seguridad de mensajes de WhatsApp *913071605 No (xxxxx)', however, this may not be the case always as it can vary. Unlike many malware-peddling phishing messages in English and other languages, the emails are written in grammatically correct Spanish, or at least with few faults.
The Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute's (INCIBE) Oficina de Seguridad del Internauta (OSI) has issued a warning regarding the malware campaign. “If you haven't run the downloaded file, your device may not have been infected. All you have to do is delete the file that you will find in the download folder. You should also send the mail you have received to the trash,” said INCIBE.
“If you have downloaded and run the malicious file, your device may have been infected. To protect your device, you must scan it with an updated antivirus or follow the steps that you will find in the device disinfection section. If you need support or assistance to eliminate the Trojan, INCIBE offers you its response and support service for security incidents,” they added.
INCIBE said that they remind consumers: in case of doubt about the legitimacy of an email, they should not click on any link or download any attached file. To check the veracity, consumers can contact the company or the service that supposedly sent them the email, always through their official customer service channels.
They also said that in addition, for greater security, it is advisable to periodically back up all the information that consumers consider important so that, if their computer is affected by a security incident, they do not lose it. They further added that it is also advisable to keep their devices updated and always protected with an antivirus.