The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), has drawn the attention of Nigerians to the existence of a new high risk and damaging software, called Flubot. The commission said the the malware is capable of obtaining someone’s bank and social media details, once it is installed in the person’s computer or smart phone.
The Director of Public Affairs, at the Nigerian Communication Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said the information was received from the Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT). He said the malware targets Android phones with fake security updates and App installations.
He went further to say that Flubot impersonates Android mobile banking applications, to draw fake web view on targeted applications. He said the purpose of the malware is to steal personal data and essentially targets stealing of credit card details, and online banking credentials.
He said that the malware is circulated through Short Message Service (SMS), and can snoop on incoming notifications, make calls, read or write text messages, and then sends the victim’s details to its control center.
The Nigerian Communication Commission, also gave some safety measures that can help individuals protect themselves, from the malware attack. Below are the safety measures;
1. Do not click on the link if you receive a suspicious text message, and do not install any App or security update the message asks you to install.
2. Apply critical patches to the system and application.
3. Always use updated antivirus programs, that can detect and prevent malware attacks.
4. If you have been affected by this Flubot, reset your device to factory mode, as soon as possible. This measure will delete any data on your phone, including personal data and settings.
5. Use strong passwords, and enable Two-Factor Authentication, on your accounts.
6. Back up your data regularly.
7. Try to change the password to all of your online accounts, as soon as possible.
8. Do not restore from backups created after you installed the app.
9. If you are afraid that your accounts may have been accessed by unauthorised persons, contact your financial institution.
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