With the increasing number of WhatsApp hijacking cases across the world, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued an advisory for the general public to protect their WhatsApp account against hijacking.
The simplified procedure issued by PTA enables two-step verification on the app to avoid hijacking.
Mobile subscribers/WhatsApp users have been advised to follow four steps for verification and protecting WhatsApp account.
The process, as explained by the PTA, is comprised of four steps which are given below:
Waves of reports about hijacked WhatsApp accounts in several countries have forced their cyber-security agencies to send out security alerts. They’ve warned the general public about a relatively new method of hijacking WhatsApp accounts using mobile providers’ voicemail systems.
According to telecom experts, WhatsApp hacks are one of the worrying trends. It was recently reported that around 90 cases concerning WhatsApp hacks were received by Cyber Wing during November 2018.
Recently, WhatsApp accounts were hacked in Karachi and one of the reasons being quoted is lack of awareness among the general public.
A group of hackers hacked the accounts of numerous Pakistani citizens mostly based in Karachi. The Media quoted the Cyber Crime wing of Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) saying that a lot of incidents of WhatsApp accounts hacking were happening across the country.
Be sure to enable two-factor authentication on WhatsApp on your phones and ask others around you to do the same.