A new SMS-based Android Malware has surfaced online that can be used by cybercriminals to steal your personal data. The new Android Malware is known as a Tanglebot and it can get access to your bank details once installed.

But, what is this new SMS-based Android Malware called Tanglebot? how does it work? and how can you protect yourself. In this article, I’ll explain what this new Malware is, how operates and how you can protect yourself.

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Tanglebot (SMS-based Malware)

Tanglebot is an SMS-based Android Malware that is sent via SMS. The link to install and give access to the this Malware is sent via normal SMS hence the nickname “SMS-based”.

Such SMS usually promise you something or offer to give you an information asking you to click a URL to claim prize of get more information. Once you click the URL, you keep going from one page to another with the system requesting for permission to access components of your phone.

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Once you’ve given permission for the malware to access those components, your phone is compromised. Information the malware can have access to include: sensitive data stored on the device and monitors almost every user activity, including camera use, audio conversations, and location, etc.

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How protect yourself against Tanglebot

  1. Don’t click on any link from a number you don’t know
  2. Don’t grant permission to ULRs or sites you know nothing about.
  3. Avoid installing Apps and games outside your App store (Android and Apple iPhone)
  4. Don’t call or respond to text from an unknown number
  5. Double check information on the internet, NCC website, Government website, CDC website before you click on URL in an SMS.
  6. If you think your phone is compromised, quickly factory reset the device and change password to your information

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This information is passed out by the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT) and the press release from NCC confirmed this SMS-based Malware to be real. So, stay safe and avoid falling victims to these cybercriminals.


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