FG Lists Damages New Virus is Doing through Android Mobile Banking Apps, Steps for Prevention -GCFRNG

FG Lists Damages New Virus is Doing through Android Mobile Banking Apps, Steps for Prevention -GCFRNG

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alerted citizens to the extremely harmful malware, Flubot, which is now in circulation throughout the country.

Furthermore, it revealed that the malware mainly spreads via Short Message Service (SMS) to phones.

Potential damages

The NCC went on to list the damages that Flubot can cause when taking over an Android device:

Posing as Android mobile banking apps

Draws fake web view on specific apps

Steals credit card details or online banking credentials

Pretends to be “FedEx, DHL, Post and Chrome apps

Forces unsuspecting users to alter settings accessibility of phones

Copies fake login screens of prominent banks

Intercepting banking-related One-time Passwords (OTP)

Replaces the default SMS application on specific devices

Secures entry to devices via SMS

Steps for prevention

The commission lists ngCERT’s recommendations on how to avoid being a victim as follows:

Do not click on the link if you receive a suspicious text message, and do not install any app or security update the page asks you to install.

Use updated antivirus software that detects and prevents malware infections.

Apply critical patches to the system and the application.

Use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication (2FA) at logins.

Back up your data regularly.

If you have been affected by this campaign, you should reset your device to factory mode as soon as possible.

This will delete all data on your phone, including personal data. Do not restore from backups created after installing the application.

You can contact ngCERT at incident@cert.gov.ng for technical assistance.

You will also need to urgently change the passwords for all your online accounts around your online bank accounts.

If you are concerned that unauthorized persons have accessed your accounts, contact your bank immediately.

According to the commission, those who still do not comply will no longer be able to use their lines once the deadline has expired.

NCC issued this warning in a statement following the conclusion of the second edition of the Telecoms Consumer Town Hall radio show, held on Wednesday.

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FG Lists Damages New Virus is Doing through Android Mobile Banking Apps, Steps for Prevention -GCFRNG

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