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Top Story: Scary new malware attacks phones with a simple text message

Top Story: Scary new malware attacks phones with a simple text message
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Malware for smartphones and tablets hasn't quite reached the levels you find on traditional computers, but criminals are working hard to make it happen. They would love to get the same information and money-stealing viruses that work on computers on your mobile gadgets.

We're reported in the past on some of the mobile threats that are already out there, from malicious apps to destructive text messages. The latest attack, discovered by security company Recorded Future, combines both tactics to put your gadgets at risk.

To attack you, hackers send out a multimedia text message that contains a link to the malicious app. Here's what the text actually says, courtesy of ITProPortal:

“You have received a multimedia message from +[country code] [sender number] Follow the link http://www.mmsforyou[.]Net/mms.apk to view your message”

If you tap the link on an Android gadget, it will ask you to install the "MMS Messaging" app, which contains the Mazar BOT malware. Mazar has been floating around the Dark Web for quite some time, but until now hasn't been used in an active attack.

Once it installs, Mazar takes full control of your Android gadget (unless you're in Russia, for some reason, and then it decides not to attack you). Mazar can then wipe all your data and permanently disable your gadget. It could also be used to steal authentication codes for online banking and social media accounts.

Next page: How to avoid this threat, and future ones like it on both Android and Apple
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