android: Malware disguised as security update causes problems for android users. A new version of the FluBot banking Trojan has been discovered by CERT NZ, the cybersecurity agency of the New Zealand government.
Malicious software, previously distributed as SMS, can track banking information. In addition, by accessing the device’s contact list, the malware sends phishing messages and reaches more people.
According to CERT NZ, the alleged update brings a message that the device is infected by FluBot. The warning causes a sense of urgency and panic among users with little knowledge of technology, so they install the real malware.
When the person opens the link, attackers create an interface that recommends downloading apps from unknown sources and allowing access to the mobile phone. Following the steps will install the fake update with full permission from the device owner.
Initially, FluBot only targeted users from Spain. However, the malware has spread to other European countries such as Germany, Poland, the UK and Switzerland, reaching android owners in Australia and Japan.