By Shawn Rice
A WhatsApp video called “Carnaval de las palomitas” or “Popcorn Carnival” hacking users’ phones is a hoax. Another WhatsApp malware hoax is circulating social media which states the video will hack your phone in seconds and there is nothing that you can do to stop it. The message asks that you forward the information to your contacts as soon as possible so that they will be aware of the threat as well.
However, this is a malware hoax. Where did this hoax originate? In July 2017, WhatsApp users began spotting a message claiming that a “video filming” known as “Popcorn Carnival” (or “Carnaval de las palomitas”) was “hacking” phones:
There is a video filming going around on Whatsapp called “Popcorn Carnival”. Do not open it under any circumstances. Be warned. It will Hack your phone in seconds and you cannot stop it in anyway. Please forward to your contacts as soon as possible.
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The rumor is that “Carnaval de las palomitas” is going around in Whatsapp and will hack your phone instantly!
Versions of the warning circulated on Facebook as well as WhatsApp. However, Snopes reported that there has yet to be found any explanation about what sort of risk the “hacking” of phones might pose.
What does seem to appear is that the warning is being circulating among Spanish-speaking users of WhatsApp. Following a July 2, 2017, post about “security myths” on the Internet and a subsequent post about WhatsApp, Spain’s Policía Nacional cautioned:
— Policía Nacional (@policia) July 4, 2017
The “Carnaval de palomitas” or “Popcorn Carnival” WhatsApp hoax bears similarities to the older “Dance of the Hillary or Pope” rumor. With those similar virus hoaxes, there is no support for their verification from any radio stations linking to the alleged announcement.
Also, no major news outlets reported on the story and none of the antivirus companies had heard of it. Finally, no one appeared to have experienced the virus on his or her own device.
If the virus had indeed been real, then many users would have encountered and unknowingly opened the attachment despite the circulating warning by now. Sharing these false warnings will help nobody, according to Hoax Slayer. If you receive this message, do not post it to others. and let the person who sent it know that the warning is a hoax.
Here are some examples of people sharing the malware hoax on social media.
There is a video filming on Whatsapp called “Popcorn Carnival” Do not open it under any circumstances. Be warned…. https://t.co/ixrKiMn38f
— Donna kong (@donnakonggvw) July 24, 2017
There is a video filming on Whatsapp called “Popcorn Carnival” Do not open it under any circumstances. Be warned…. https://t.co/Uu1NSnVjLK
— MeatLounge (@KModiragale) Go to the full article.
Source:: Business 2 Community