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Scary bug lets hackers secretly load malware apps onto your phone

Scary bug lets hackers secretly load malware apps onto your phone
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There's a new security flaw we're just learning about that's being actively used against iPhone users. The exploit exists in both Android and iOS, so it's only a matter of time before Android users are targeted, too. The bug lets hackers secretly load apps on your phone disguised as real apps, but they're actually malware.

The malware apps are only installed if you click an infected link on your phone. If you do so, you'll get a malicious version of Facebook, Twitter, Skype or another popular app you think you'd like on your smartphone. (App downloads from Apple's App Store are safe; you're only susceptible to the malware apps if you click the infected link.)

These are being called "Masque" attacks. Once installed on your phone, these hacked apps look and act like the app you thought it was, except now hackers have access to your login information and all of your activity within the app.

This is a truly dangerous situation. FireEye, a cybersecurity and malware protection firm, has only identified "Masque" attacks on iPhones, according to Business Insider. But Androids are susceptible to the same app-hacking scheme.

To protect yourself from malware apps, be aware of how to spot phishing rackets, and limit your app acquisitions to the Apple App Store or, for Androids, the Google Play store. And check our Happening Now page often for news of the latest malware and security issues you need to be aware of.

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