The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has issued a warning to residents who download unauthorized versions of apps.

Beware of WhatsUp Gold as it claims to include special features but it gives access to hackers and threatens your privacy.

Here's what you need to do if your account is hacked.

  1. Remove and reinstall WhatsApp in a different time of the day.
  2. Immediately inform your relatives and friends about hacking and urge them not to respond to any messages coming from your number on WhatsApp.
  3. Email the technical support of WhatsApp at and provide your phone number.