The text message, camouflaged under the emphasis of “missed package delivery,” is a new way of spreading Android malware, known as FluBot. Hackers are thus increasingly trying to gain money or user data, given that vulnerable users are already accustomed to the possibility of suspicious email, which they now rarely click on.
According to cyber security company Proofpoint, this specific type of Android malware – one of many to watch out for – seems to be re-emerging. Earlier this year, there was a drop in the activity of that malware, due to the wave of arrests of internet attackers, the Center for Cyber Security of the United Kingdom announced. However, now FluBot malware is once again affecting more and more countries in Europe.
Although it was primarily a threat to Android users, owners of Apple devices do not necessarily have to be immune to the damage that FluBot is able to do, reports BRG.
“Text messages may be redirected to a website from where there may be an attempt to steal your personal information,” the UK national service said in a warning.