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A text-message scam that infects Android phones is spreading across the UK, experts have warned.

The message - which pretends to be from a package delivery firm, prompts users to install a tracking app - but is actually a malicious piece of spyware.

Called Flubot, it can take over devices and spy on phones to gather sensitive data, including online banking details.

Millions of these text messages have been sent across all mobile phone networks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56859091

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@El Loro posted:

A text-message scam that infects Android phones is spreading across the UK, experts have warned.

The message - which pretends to be from a package delivery firm, prompts users to install a tracking app - but is actually a malicious piece of spyware.

Called Flubot, it can take over devices and spy on phones to gather sensitive data, including online banking details.

Millions of these text messages have been sent across all mobile phone networks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56859091

Thanks for the heads up El .I’m not on Android , but no doubt it will spread to other platforms too ..

Baz
@Carnelian posted:

Why would you want to install an app just to track a package?  I don't know about anyone else but everyone and his granny wants you to install their app.  After a while surely there's app fatigue?  Another password another mostly useless icon on your phone taking up memory.

I agree, why are we (apparently) wanting this tracking app. Most (if not all) parcel delivery services already have tracking systems. why are we wanting a nameless one?

Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing

I agree, why are we (apparently) wanting this tracking app. Most (if not all) parcel delivery services already have tracking systems. why are we wanting a nameless one?

True....Anything I've ever ordered has been confirmed by email, with a tracking link attached

Edit* Not that I ever use them....I just wait till the parcel arrives ...if it doesn't reach me within 21 days, I contact the company directly

slimfern
Last edited by slimfern

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