The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has advised the public to be extra cautious when receiving invitations to join or download an application called "Pink WhatsApp," as it poses a serious security risk.
In a statement, MCMC said the application was falsely advertised as offering better security and privacy features, a customised interface, and the ability to transmit larger files than the normal WhatsApp application.
However upon installation, the application can access various items within the user's smartphone such as photos, SMS, and contact lists, posing a serious security risk.
"Users may receive messages and links that appear to be from WhatsApp inviting them to try the new application," said MCMC, advising the public not to download and install the application and to immediately delete it if it is already present on their mobile devices.
Users are advised to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities related to the application to the MCMC complaints portal at https://aduan.mcmc.gov.my/#/public/main or hotline at 1800-188-030.
MCMC also recommended that the public only download mobile applications from official app stores such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Huawei App Gallery.