News & Views from Nottingham Photographer Paul 'Spike' Reddington

What’s App with the iPhone sending out a Gmail Trojan Horse Virus?

Watch out for this 'What's App' fake email trojan virus - delete, don't click!

Watch out for this ‘WhatsApp’ fake email trojan virus – delete, don’t click!

My wife received an email on her iPhone 5, which has iOS Mail set up to work with her Gmail Account from a friend. It appeared to be a message from WhatsApp (it wasn’t) and said ‘You Have New Messages’ and had a clickable ‘>Play’ link.

This then directed to a sales website but more annoyingly ran some kind of program via Mail on the iPhone and accessed all her Gmail contacts and sent itself to them (over 600) with random subject headers – some good, such as ‘ou have a new message’ which is the one my wiife received and some obviously spammy, such as a single word split into two like t his.

As soon as I found out I changed the password on Gmail and it seems to be OK, although Gmail bounced one of MY Gmail emails sent last night due to it coming from an IP Address (ours) associated with Spam!  So I have had to email Gmail explaining.

Very annoyed and wonder how a simple click link can do so much – is the Gmail contact list accessable withour the user’s password?

Also I thought the iPhone ecosystem was pretty closed off to this kind of malware…

Have you had this one yet, or had a similar sneaky spammer have a go at you?

2 responses

  1. Chris Holdroyd

    April 28, 2015- Same with me
    Received a WhatsApp invitation from a friend. Clicked on it and emails were sent to contacts and others who I have sent emails to in the past. Some dead email addresses with “message not delivered’ returns alerted me to the problem. Hundreds of trojan emails were sent in my name, Argh!! ChangedGmail password. All Mac virus programs run with no result leaving me to believe it attacked only the Gmail client. Even after changing my password, return emails came in with subsequent briefings of emails I had sent AFTER I changed the password! Why Gmail isn’t getting all over this, I don’t know. I forwarded all this information to them. I am not sure what else to do. Changed browsers. Changed to an alternate email. Still getting Delivery Status Notifications. This is a serious threat to Gmail.


    April 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    • Same here!!! I don’t know what to do!!!!


      May 4, 2015 at 8:34 pm

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