Saturday, April 24, 2021 – 13:57 | Last Updated: 24 04 2021 – 13:57
It concerns everyone who uses an Android phone very closely. Experts stated that a text message scam that infects Android phones has spread to 4 countries. The message, which appears to be from a package delivery company, asks users to install a tracking app using APK. APK files are a way to install Android apps outside of the secure Google Play store. iPhone users, on the other hand, are not affected as these phones cannot install Android APKs.
The message, which appears to be from a package delivery company, asks users to install a tracking application. But this company, called Flubot, which is actually a malicious piece of spyware, is taking over devices to collect sensitive data, including online banking information.
A spokesperson said, “We believe this current wave of Flubot malware SMS attacks will get serious attention very quickly, and it is something that requires awareness to stop the spread. Customers are particularly careful against this piece of malware and when clicking any link in a text message. he said.
The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) later released guidance on the threat, including advice on what to do if you accidentally downloaded the attacker’s app, according to the BBC. “It’s important not to panic if users click on a malicious link. There are actionable steps they can take to protect their devices and accounts,” NCSC said in a statement.
The malware also helps spread an infected user by sending more text messages to their contacts. “Given the risk of a fraudulent application being installed on users’ smartphones and starting to spread endless text messages, it has the potential to become a denial-of-service attack on mobile networks. The broader risk for users is that their phones are highly sensitive personal. “is the loss of data,” he said.
SPREADED TO 4 COUNTRIES