Chinese hackers targeting Indian WhatsApp users with promise of 'part-time' jobs
Such proliferating messages on WhatsApp, which come with attached links, claim that one can earn Rs 200 to Rs 3,000 in a day in 10 to 30 minutes.
"There are multiple links that redirect to a common URL and each link uses different numbers to send a message," the foundation said in a statement.
The CyberPeace Foundation along with experts from Autobot Infosec Private Ltd has launched an independent investigation into the matter.
"In all the links, the same redirection and outgoing sources were generated. However, in one link, a different URL was found and one new IP address that belongs to one of China's hosting company Alibaba Cloud," the report said.
"The IP address of the link is 126.96.36.199 and it can be traced to Alibaba Cloud, the city Hong Kong and the country China," it further claimed.
The news comes at a time when WhatsApp is asking users to either give their consent to sharing data with Facebook or lose their accounts after February 8, triggering a heated debate globally, including in India.
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