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According to email and mobile security company Cloudmark, Android users are being targeted by a new malware called "TangleBot." As CBS News reported on September 23, TangleBot is delivered to Android users in the US and Canada via one of two text messages. It is scheduled for administration and both contain links.
None of these messages are valid and when the user clicks the link next to the text, they are prompted to refresh their Adobe Flash Player phone. However, "Update" downloads the malware to Android.
"They are using incredibly new scams related to what they hear on COVID news. Maybe they're talking about boosters or appearing on the front page of the news site they visit. It doesn't matter if you're talking about something else, "he said," he told CBS News Ryan Kalember, executive vice president of cybersecurity at ProofPoint, the parent company of Cloudmarks. When this malware is downloaded to your mobile phone, your information can be compromised.
If you accidentally download TangleBot malware to your mobile phone, scammers can access much of the stored information. “TangleBot malware can do a lot of things,” says Kalember. "You can access your microphone, camera, SMS, call log, internet and GPS to find out where you are."
Fortunately, users are regularly alerted by phone before trying to download malware. According to CBS News, Android users have been warned about the dangers of downloading software from "unknown sources" and will see a series of allowed buses before their phones get infected with TangleBot. Unfortunately, after downloading, you may not notice the malware on your phone.
According to Kalember, Tanglebot has the ability to display a consultation screen that looks like it used to be to hacked users, and hackers run fake windows to steal information, so when malware breaks into a mobile phone, It becomes virtually unrecognizable.
For example, you might think you're logged in to a mobile banking website, but you can actually enter information on a hidden screen that hackers are watching. "I hope [user] remembers the Adobe Flash message, but after that many of the TangleBots may disappear," Kalember told CBS News. "Like most mobile malware, it's also relatively inconvenient in terms of appearance."
Removing malware from Android can be difficult. According to Cloudmark, hackers have been using TangleBot for weeks and predict that its range can be "very widespread." Also, once the malware was installed on the device, it was "very difficult to remove," Kalember warned.
Cloudmark advises users not to respond to annoying commercial messages or click links in text messages because hackers are "increasingly using mobile messages" to attack smartphone users. I am. "[It] exploits user vulnerabilities," Calember told CBS News. "Basically, they mislead you into installing the attacker's code."
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