Do not install this fake Android Flash Player app even if a friend tells you to
What do you get when you combine the untimely death of hugely popular software once used on everything from smartphones to PCs, with the insatiable thirst for illegal financial gain from highly trained hackers?
How does the virus work?
Unfortunately, because the bad actors behind this latest “FluBot” delivery system know exactly what they are doing, you might receive a link to a shady website trying to feed you the aforementioned vicious banking Trojan via a bogus app. Flash Player from someone you trust 100 percent, such as a close friend, family member, or someone else from your contact list.
Even some wildfires may not spread as quickly as FluBot with this MO
Of course, the deviousness of the authors of this malware campaign can often go beyond simply sending a text from a random Android user to a friend or family member. Because asking someone to download a “Flash Player” app outside of the Play Store would be too obvious for many people, malicious texts that you should just ignore may try to trick you into opening links announcing various related videos things.
What can you do to stay safe?
While the primary goal is and always has been to steal money using banking credentials that you may have stored on your Android phone, the secondary goal is to spread like wildfire. of powder by diverting your contacts and your messages.
No APK downloads from shady sources!
This makes FluBot almost impossible to trace and the number of (mainly European) victims extremely difficult to estimate. Since viruses travel from device to device, you also can’t expect Google or your phone’s manufacturer to keep you out of harm’s way, so you should always watch your own back.
While the good news in this particular case of Android malware is that the threat is quite easy to identify from a mile away, the bad news is that it might be difficult to get rid of the Trojan if you are careless enough to download this fake Flash Player application. .
A simple uninstall is unlikely to do the trick, so the best thing to do is probably to do a factory reset and delete all your data. Yes, it’s certainly embarrassing, but losing all your money is certainly even more so.