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Hoax warning about 'WhatsApp virus' resurfaces online in Pakistan

Published on 18/01/2021 at 05:30

Multiple social media posts shared in January 2021 claim that a malicious video entitled “Argentina” is circulating on WhatsApp and will hack your phone within 10 seconds. Most of these posts attribute the warning to Pakistan’s National Information Technology Board (NITB). The claim is misleading:  the message is a hoax which has previously circulated in several other countries. Online archives show the NITB tweeted a warning about the hoax message on January 11, 2021 but later removed it.