The RGP have been made aware that members of the public have
been receiving WhatsApp messages purporting to be from known
contacts whose accounts would appear to have been either hacked
or their profiles appropriated.
The messages request the recipient of message to resend it back
to the originator. We are aware that this has resulted in their
WhatsApp accounts having been wiped. However, we are not
aware whether this is due to WhatsApp having detected
irregularities with the accounts or whether this is the intended effect
of these messages. However, we do draw attention to the fact that
all the information contained in your device is potentially at risk if the
device is successfully accessed by third parties directly or remotely.
Modern smart phones are no longer just simple communication
devices. They are powerful processing tools and repositories of
huge amounts of personal data. We, therefore, advice the public to
remain vigilant to the threat from unscrupulous individuals who will
try to exploit vulnerabilities either with the devices security settings
or the manner in which they are operated by their users.