FluBot, a new Android malware, has taken over Europe and now has the potential to spread to the US after successfully targeting thousands of victims. After originating in Spain last year, FluBot has been sent to Android phones in countries all over Europe including the UK, Italy, Germany, and many more. The malware is sent to targets via text message, where scammers pose as delivery services updating customers on their packages. These messages contain a call to action and a malicious link that prompts people to download a spoofed app. Once the user downloads the app, they initially permit it to have full device access, which causes major cybersecurity issues for the user. FluBot acts as a spyware so hackers have full access to security credentials, finances, and contact lists which fuels the list of malware targets.
As of now the threat is widespread and all Android phone users are at risk for a potential attack. To avoid falling victim to this malware it’s important to only download apps from the app store instead of an outside link. If you have a feeling that an app you’re using is suspicious, review the app’s details in “settings” since spoofed apps usually don’t have a details section. Finally, be wary of any text messages about deliveries and don’t click on any links that you think look suspicious.
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