MALWARE masquerading as banking, fitness, and document scanning apps has infiltrated the phones of more than 300,000 Android users.
The nefarious Trojan software can record keystrokes and remotely send personal data to outside criminals, who then hack messaging apps and infect other phones on the same network.
ONE ThreatFainst November Report detailed the infected apps, including QR code readers, crypto wallets, and document scanners, and have been downloaded by more than 300,000 users in total.
These apps appear to be innocuous, and according to ThreatFnai, the malware may not even be active when first downloaded, then remotely activated to gather information.
In some cases, malware is introduced into apps through an update, making it harder for users to detect.
If you believe your phone is infected with a virus, the first thing to do is remove any suspicious apps as quickly as possible and run an anti-virus scan.
Then look out for other symptoms of malware.
For example, if apps hang for seemingly no reason, your phone may be infected with a virus.
Also, if your data or battery usage spikes, it’s possible that malware is running background tasks on your device.
Check to make sure that none of your friends receive mysterious messages from you, especially with strange links.
Malware can use your phone to send messages to people in your contact list and further infect your network.
Your best options for protection: install strong anti-virus software and perform regular security checks and make sure you’re always using the latest operating system.
Use a privacy-focused browser and make sure your privacy settings are tightly locked to prevent malware from infecting your phone from seemingly innocuous websites.
Google’s Play Store has been addressing a series of app crashes in recent months.
Earlier this year, Android users were warned to watch out for “FluBot” malware, which scams users by sending malicious SMS messages disguised as messages about missed deliveries.
Victims receive messages allegedly from delivery services, which include links to do things like “reorder deliveries”.
After clicking the link, the user is prompted to download a phishing application that embeds FluBot malware.
After obtaining the necessary permissions from unsuspecting victims, FluBot gained access to the entire device and acted “as a spyware, SMS spammers, and information stealers.” credit cards and banks,” according to cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.
It is possible to remove a virus from the phone manually, but the best way to remove it is to do a factory reset.
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