WARNING: There's a text going around that can wipe your phone

Malware Android

If you’ve got an Android, you need to keep a look out for a text that could potentially wipe your phone. The text has a malicious link in it, which if you install it, gives attackers the chance to have the rights to your phone, accessing all your personal things (yep, including dick pics).

Scary stuff.

Worse still, this malware would allow hackers to see your verification codes, which would give them access to your bank account and other accounts.

Here’s what the text looks like:

This new malware is being called Mazar Android BOT and it is spread via SMS and MMS messages. The message will generally look like this:

‘You have received a multimedia message from +[country code] [sender number] Follow the link http:www.mmsforyou [.] Net /mms.apk to view the message’

The full list of things the attackers will be able to do once it has gained administrator rights on the victim’s phone includes:

SEND_SMS

RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED

INTERNET

SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW

WRITE_SMS

ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE

WAKE_LOCK

GET_TASKS

CALL_PHONE

RECEIVE_SMS

READ_PHONE_STATE

READ_SMS

ERASE_PHONE

To protect yourself, obviously never click on a link from a random number. If you get this text, delete it - or to avoid getting it completely, go to Settings > Security and make sure the Unknown Sources option is switched off. That’ll stop you from downloading apps that aren’t from the Google Play store.

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