Experts have warned that a DEVASTATING hack attack capable of wiping all data on your phone has reached the UK.
Android users have been on high alert for a dire threat called BRATA, which has grown significantly since it was first discovered in 2019.
Originally an issue in Brazil, cyber investigators say it is now sweeping across Europe, with targets discovered in the UK, Poland and Italy.
The victims are affected by a double hit, losing not only their precious personal data from their smartphones but also their hard earned money.
Fraud prevention firm Cleafy warns that the latest twist on this malicious threat is to specifically target online banking users.
“According to our findings, we can expect BRATA to remain undetected and continue to develop new features,” the company said.
Stealth crooks wreak havoc on helpless users by wiping their phones, in a shameless attempt to erase all traces of their foul behavior.
Fraudsters tend to commit thefts by posing as bank customer support staff.
The growing malware threat has now grown to the point where it’s capable of using your phone’s GPS tracking, though worryingly experts can’t figure out why. used for cybercriminals.
Android users have been advised to avoid downloading apps from shady websites.
Instead, it’s best to just install apps from the Google Play Store and scan them with an antivirus engine.
They also say that people should pay attention to the things that the app asks for permission, removing the ones that seem unnecessary.
BRATA started out as a remote access tool for hackers, first discovered by cybersecurity company Kaspersky.
It is not clear how widespread the problem is, but traces of the bug have also been detected in China and Latin America.
Android is the largest operating system in the world, adopted by Samsung, LG and Sony on their smartphones.
Software owned by Google is used on more than 3 billion devices.
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