Bitdefender has identified mobile apps that are often used to spread malware. The most common vector of infection is fake SMS messages.
Bitdefender using a file scam alert Analyzes SMS and other incoming notifications on Android smartphones. On the basis of a 7-day study, it was prepared List of the most common attack vectors against Android mobile users.
Recently, many cyber attacks have been carried out via SMS. Shipping companies regularly use text messages to inform their customers of the status of their shipments. Thus, hackers impersonate themselves by sending fake notifications to potential victims. Fake SMS contains links to malicious code The most common is FluBot. This program allows cybercriminals to Stealing money from the bank accounts of the victims.
They can also be a threat potentially unwanted (Potentially unwanted software), which are sometimes installed with free programs, and their operation is limited to displaying windows, installing additional bars in browsers, and replacing the start page in the default browser or search engine. Potentially unwanted applications Sensitive data collectionOr abuse the powers to generate revenue from ads or in the worst case scenario They trick users into making payments. Email apps (38.6%) are most often used by hackers for attacks, followed by SMS apps (29.4%) and tools such as Telegram (8.8%), WhatsApp (4.3%), Google Chrome (2%) and Twitter (1.3%).
The situation is different in the case of malware. Malware often uses SMS as an infection transmission (70.9%), while the rest lag far behind. They are in the following places Internet browsers (6.4%) The WhatsApp (5.8%) i Email apps (5.6%). The statistics above may change as FluBot becomes inactive.
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