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Android devices under attack: fake apps and SMS messages lead to data-stealing malware

Bitdefender researchers warn about a new wave of attacks that infect Android devices and steal personal details. 

Several popular apps have been impersonated and packed with malware named Teabot, the latest Bitdefender Lab report shows. Cybercriminals trick users into installing these apps outside of the official store. If the mobile device on which it’s downloaded has no security solution installed, the malware roams free.

TeaBot can intercept messages, steal Google Authentication codes, and even remotely control Android devices. 

Bitdefender researchers have also identified a strange distribution method, with attackers using a fake Ad Blocker app that acts as a dropper for the malware. They suspect several other fake apps are used, but they remain unknown for the time being. The most reliable way to stay safe from these threats is to install a security solution on your Android devices. Consider getting Bitdefender Mobile Security to protect yourself from any suspicious apps and block any potentially dangerous links you might receive.

Another threat to watch out for is the text message scam. It is currently spreading at full speed across Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK. 

The message, which pretends to be from a delivery firm, contains a link that is actually a malicious piece of malware called Flubot. 

FluBot imitates the following apps, among others:

Once downloaded, it can take over devices and spy on phones to gather sensitive data, including online banking details. It also has the ability to send more infected text messages to the user’s contacts.

You can read more about TeaBot and Flubot in the Bitdefender Lab full report. 

If you feel you’ve had enough bad news and want to jump to a solution, here it is: Bitdefender Mobile Security. It will protect you from any suspicious app and any potentially dangerous link you might receive. 

About the author

Cristina POPOV

Cristina is a freelance writer and a mother of two living in Denmark. Her 15 years experience in communication includes developing content for tv, online, mobile apps, and a chatbot.

In her spare time, she writes books for children, rides her bike and walks the tightrope between encouraging her children to develop competencies for a technology-driven world and keeping them safe and happy in the process.

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