HACKERS is targeting Android smartphones by texting victims with offers of free software.
According to cybersecurity experts, clicking a link gives attackers access to your phone – and possibly your online banking credentials.
The campaign was unearthed by MalwareHunterTeam, a group of researchers that help consumers identify cyberattacks.
They told the tech site Computer Bleeping last week that dodgy texts were some form of SMS (polished) scam.
Phishing attacks lure victims to a website that appears to be operated by a trusted entity, such as a bank, social media platform, or other service.
However, the website is fake with fake content designed to convince victims to enter sensitive information, like passwords or email addresses.
According to MalwareHunterTeam, the latest campaign sends an SMS to ask recipients if they intend to upload a video from their device.
When recipients click on the included link, they are taken to a fake website asking them to install the Phoney Flash Player app.
Flash Player is a software used to play and watch videos that was discontinued by the Adobe developer in 2020.
Users who tap to download fake Adobe apps have unknowingly installed malware on their devices, researchers say.
This is the latest iteration of a dangerous type of malware called “FluBot” that swept the globe last year.
Hackers infected FluBot devices by sending thousands of SMS messages containing links to a malicious URL.
When recipients tap the link, they are encouraged to install a seemingly innocuous app onto their device.
However, this app is FluBot in disguise. Once downloaded to your phone, it will collect your contacts and start sending them malicious links via SMS.
To entice people to click on URLs, text is often disguised as security updates, software, or parcel delivery notices.
Once in the device, FluBot can collect your online banking login information, take screenshots, and send or intercept SMS messages.
Because it uses victims’ extensions to send engaging messages to their contacts, FluBot often spreads at lightning speed.
If you suspect you’ve been infected, you should contact your bank to check for any suspicious activity in your account.
You should also change all your passwords online, as they could be in the hands of hackers.
You should do a factory reset of your phone to get rid of the malware.
Android users should avoid installing apps from third-party websites to protect themselves from fraudulent downloads.
It is especially important to only install apps from well-known brands, such as Adobe, from trusted locations.
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