Kaspersky Security is warning Android users about a new bits of malware that can cost you big bucks by sending text messages to numbers that charge a fee. Users in 66 countries are affected including the USA, Canda, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ukarine, Spin, Georgia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, France, Moldova, Estonia, Greece, Mexico, Switzerland, Norway, China, Chile New Zealand, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Vietnam and South Africa.
So far most of the infections have been found in Russia and Canada. The malware disguises itself as an app, but has permissions that allow it to send text messages from your phone. as well as delete incoming messages, remove your text filters, intercept incoming messages as well as open web pages that contain even more malware. Intercepting your text messages is one way criminals can learn things such as passwords to bank accounts.
There are even Android trojans that find their way to your phone from your computer. They wait until your phone is plugged into the computer to transfer data and then make their way onto your phone.
With the explosion of mobile devices, both Apple and Android phones are becoming popular targets for these attacks.
How can you protect yourself? Head on over to the app store for your device and see what types of security apps are available. Also, make sure you have the latest operating system updates for your phone.
Getting your apps strictly from the official app store for your device can help keep you a bit safer, but malicious apps still can sneak in. That’s why it’s important to check the permissions for each app before you install it.
Ask yourself if the permissions this app is asking for make sense for that app. Why would an app to view videos need access to text messages?
Remember, no device is safe from those with criminal intent and a lot of time on their hands. Be vigilant!