Patrons of Whatsapp are receiving messages offering free 1000GB of data as a gift for being a loyal user of the app on its 10th anniversary. However, the messages being sent are not authentic and are not coming from Whatsapp. Messages arrive stating, “WhatsApp Offers 1000GB Free Internet!” Included in the message is a link that takes users to a page that appears to ask survey questions. To help spread the scam, the link also requests the receiver to share the message with 30 other people in order to obtain their free data. This campaign is a prime example of click fraud, allowing the creators of the campaign to bring in profit from ad clicks. Fortunately, researchers claim there is no evidence of the link included in the messages being used to spread malware or other viruses. It was also discovered that the domain hosting the survey is used in many other fake scams that portray offers from large brand name companies.
By Akshay Rohatgi and Randy Pargman About this Student Research Project Binary Defense’s mission is