Malware targets Android Phones

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Malware targets Android Phones

IC3 (the FBI’s internet crime complaints centre) is warning smartphone users of malware viruses targeting Android operating systems.

According to IC3 the latest known versions of this type of malware is “Loozon” and “FinFisher”. These Malware can lure you in by one of two ways:

The Loozon malware virus lures you in by advertising as a “Work at home” opportunity that ensures a highly rewarding paycheck for just sending out emails. An attached link then leads you to a website that spreads Loozon to its target.

IC3 says “The malicious application steals contact details from the user’s address book and the infected device’s phone number.”

The Finfisher is spyware that takes over parts of your phone when installed. The spyware can then remotely control and monitor the mobile device wherever the target is located.

IC3 says “FinFisher can easily be transmitted to a smartphone when the victim visits a hyperlink or opens a text message that masquerades as a system update.”

So how should you protect your mobile phones? Here are a few safety tips IC3 has suggested:

  • Enabling encryption to protect personal data in case of loss or theft
  • Installing malware protection such as antivirus software
  • Don’t connect to unknown wireless networks
  • Set up a passcode

These types of mobile breaches are more common than you may think with reports suggesting at least 1 in 4 people in the U.S. had personal identification lost or stolen due to a data breach in the past year.

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