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SCAMMERS are creating modified versions of popular messenger Apps with the promise of more features, but it could lead to becoming hacked.

The modified Apps are also known as “mods” and the hackers are mimicking messenger Apps like Telegram and Signal.

Hackers will make the mods seem harmless through the Google Play Store as they will look very similar to the original version

The warning about mods comes from cybersecurity company Kaspersky about spyware messengers on Telegram on Google Play.

Hackers will make the mods seem harmless through the Google Play Store as they will look very similar to the original version.

But the trick is in the coding.

With hackers allowing more features in the mods through coding, they can also add whatever other malicious material they need into the coding as well.

The hackers will add a way to get into your device and keep malware there that will allow them to get access to all of your information.

“Users still blindly trust any app that’s been verified and published on Google Play,” Kaspersky said.

“We’ve repeatedly highlighted the dangers: when downloading an app on Google Play, you could also pick up a Trojan (that one had more than 100 million downloads!), a backdoor, a malicious subscriber, and/or loads of other muck.”

It has been recommended to be extra wary when downloading a mod onto your computer to avoid these issues.

You can read the reviews before downloading or do a security scan after downloading something.

If you already have modified versions of Telegram or Signal on your phone it may be a good idea to just delete them to avoid issues.

The Google Play Store does its best to not allow these types of Apps into its platform, but they still make their way through with good disguises.

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