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?