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Android phones are infected with a virus across Europe.  It is spread by masked letters from the carriers Aerozlas

Android phones are infected with a virus across Europe. It is spread by masked letters from the carriers Aerozlas

A virus that invades Android cell phones is spreading across European countries and possibly also in the Czech Republic. A malware called Flubot has mainly appeared in the United Kingdom, but also in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Spain. This was stated by the Association of Mobile Network Operators.



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The fraudulent program is spread via SMS (illustrative image) Source: Pixabay | CC0 1.0.0 updateAnd the©

Fraud is spread in the form of text messages. The user receives an SMS on the phone pretending to be from a shipping service like DHL. The user prompts to click on the track shipment link to install a fraudulent application. The application then controls the user’s phone and can send personal data without his knowledge, including, for example, online banking details.

“The operators are able to block part of the harmful traffic from outside by implementing security measures, but often the wrong SMS messages are sent by the infected phones themselves, which cannot interfere with their communications. Therefore, we urge customers above all to be very careful. Jerry Grund, executive director of the association, said.

Beware of fraudulent SMS: it appears to be from DHL, etc, urging users to monitor shipment status. Upon clicking, it begins to display the installation of a fraudulent application that is controlling your phone. More information:
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11:14 – 06.05.2021





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The first clue that should alert users to fraud is the SMS itself. Then, when the user is offered to download the app, it is redirected outside of the standard Google Play Store, which is the second clue that the user should warn. Android phones are set by default so that you cannot download apps from unknown sources. Therefore, the user must first allow this download to the phone.

In the past, phishing scams mostly focused on phishing. For example, they tried to convince users to fill out a form with banking details and other information on a fraudulent website pretending to be a banking site. The current wave of scams differs in that they try to install malware directly on a user’s phone.

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