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Bogus Warning Claims Kik Messenger is a Hacking Scheme

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating social media messages claim that Kik Messenger is a hacking tool or virus that can steal your personal information.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the warnings are untrue. Kik Messenger is a legitimate cross-platform messaging application for smartphones and is in no way malicious. The supposed warning was not aired by Sky News as claimed. The message is nonsense and should not be reposted.

Example

DONT IGNORE THIS!!! Kik is a hacking scheme made by professional Japanese hackers, yes they will hack your phone, it starts off by your phone going slowly! So delete it as soon as! Not even a joke not unticking coz this is IMPORTANT

Kik Hacking Scheme Warning Hoax 1

 

If anyone has KIK messenger delete it its just been on sky news its a virus hacking your phones and stealing you information for e.g your phone contacts, login details etc please forward this to warn others !

Kik Hacking Scheme Warning Hoax 2

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a series of breathless warnings that are currently rocketing around Facebook and other social media sites, Kik Messenger is actually a “hacking” scheme and a virus that can steal personal information from your phone. The message advises users to delete the app and pass on the information to warn others.

However, the claims in the “warnings” are utter nonsense. Kik is a perfectly legitimate multi-platform messaging application for smartphones that was launched in October 2010. It is in no way malicious. It is not a virus, nor is it a “hacking scheme” that allows hackers to steal information from your phone.
Moreover, the warning was not aired on Sky News as claimed in the message. In fact, no credible news or security outlet has any mention of KiK being a hacker tool. There are, however, plenty of articles discussing the merits of the app. And, Kik has become one of the leaders in its field with over 6 million users.

Given that the application has been reviewed and tested at length by a great many smartphone experts since its 2010 release, it is simply absurd to suggest that, somehow, the supposed sinister hacking abilities of the app were overlooked. And, KiK is freely available via the app stores of the major smartphones, including iPhone, Android, and Nokia. If the app was malicious, it would have long since been removed from these app stores.

Thus, these warnings are without substance and spreading them further will help nobody.

Research by David White, Brett Christensen

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer