Meet the FluBot malware that is targeting Smart Phones worldwide

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FluBot, a newly discovered malware that spread from Europe since April this year, has now spread its wings worldwide. The malware steals data from the infected devices, highlighting the need to secure every smart phone operating across the globe with a comprehensive security solution.

According to the researchers from NortonLifeLock- formerly known as Symantec Corporation, FluBot spreading hackers first target a phone with an SMS filled with a malicious link that tries its best to convince a user that it is a genuine message that needs immediate attention and action.

Once the victim clicks on the link, FluBot malware download starts and it gets access to the phone’s entire data, like photos, videos, contacts, credit card details, banking credentials, and such.

Obviously, those spreading FluBot are only being able to target Android phones for now, as it makes it extremely difficult for them to make the malware land on iPads and iPhones.

Restricting apps with unnecessary permissions, and never clicking web links sent by unknown senders via SMS, is the only way to save your device from becoming a victim to keep a check for Flubot.

New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-NZ) has also issued a warning that Flubot Malware Android is found spreading through fake android security updates and has mostly targeted over 60,000 phones operating in Spain, France, and Japan.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security