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Warning: New virus targets smartphones

Warning: New virus targets smartphones
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The newest method for hackers to get malware onto your Android device comes in the form of a text message from a friend, family member or acquaintance. That's because the Andr/Slfmite-B malware wants to exploit the people you trust to steal your money.

I covered the first version of this dangerous virus, Andr/Slfmite-A, in June. After a victim installed the malware onto their phone, it automatically texted their top 20 contacts about how much they "loved" a third party app store.

In reality, the app in the text message was a method for hackers to get the virus onto more phones.

So what's different about this version? At first glance, I'm thinking that hackers built this virus to play the long game. If you installed the original version of the malware, all it would do is spread itself and download an annoying third party app store.

The latest version tries to get you to spend $20 monthly on wallpapers. Really.

Next page: How to spot this malware and what it does
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