Wabetainfo: WhatsApp is developing the Suspicious Link Detection tool to protect users from dangerous links. Whether they are simple spam or attempts of cyber attacks
WhatsApp is developing a new tool to counter Fake News, malicious links and spam: it’s dubbed “Suspicious Link Detection”. Wabetainfo reports that the social media platform has submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.18.206. This contains a new feature that should restrict the spam phenomenon. It will help the user to detect sent and received suspicious links in his messages. “When you receive a message that contains a link, WhatsApp analyzes it in order to detect if it may redirect to a fake or alternative website – is written in a wabetainfo post -. When WhatsApp detects a suspicious one, the message is marked with a red label, indicating to you the presence of it. If you decide to open the link, WhatsApp will alert you again that you’re trying to open a possible suspicious link”, explaining if there are unusual characters.
WhatsApp for the first time aims at the cyber security of individual users. And in the future it could be these to send reports on malicious content or links
More and more often social media such as WhatsApp are used as vectors of cyber attacks for different purposes. From cyber espionage, as happened in Israel recently, to cybercrime campaigns to profit from victims, to spread propaganda and fake news. The community of surfers and governments, in fact, on several occasions asked for more protection from the platforms to their users against the main cyber threats. As a result of this, many companies have created “special teams” to increase cyber security and control of what is published. So far, however, efforts have been conducted on a general level and never on the single victim. Things change with the update. Moreover, as reported by wabetainfo, in the future there could be the possibility for the users of the service to report the dangers that the system can not detect automatically.