The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has warned mobile-phone users against indiscriminate installation of apps.
NCC Director of Public Affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, sounded this warning in a statement he released on Friday where he alerted phone users to virus scammers are deploying to have access to their victims’ bank details.
Adinde said the new, high-risk and damaging malware, called ‘Flubot’, targeted Android devices with fake security updates and application installations.
The statement read in part, “The ngCERT affirmed that Flubot impersonates Android mobile banking applications to draw fake web views on targeted applications and its goal transcends stealing personal data and essentially targets stealing of credit card details or online banking credentials.
“FluBot is circulated through Short Message Service and can snoop on incoming notifications, initiate calls, read or write SMSes, and transmit the victim’s contact list to its control centre.”
Continued: “Consequently, it secures admittance into the device through SMS and proceeds to transmit similar messages to other contacts that may be on the device it has attacked, enticing them into downloading the fake app.
“It suffices to say that when Flubot infects a device, it can result in incalculable financial losses. Additionally, the malware creates a backdoor which grants access to the user’s device, thus enabling the invader or attacker to perform other criminal actions, including launching other variants of malware.”