Dec 9, 2021

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Flubot: FG Lists Damages New Virus is Doing through Android Mobile Banking Apps, Steps for Prevention

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has made citizens aware of the existence of an extremely harmful malware called Flubot that is now circulating across the country.

NCC Public Affairs Director Ikechukwu Adinde said on Friday October 22nd that the commission had just received information from the Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT) about the harmful nation of the virus. Daily trust reports.

Adinde quoted ngCERT as saying in a statement that Flubot “targets androids with fake security updates and app installs”.

He also announced that the malware is mainly distributed via Short Message Service (SMS) on phones.

Potential damage

The NCC went further to list the damage Flubot can cause if it takes over an Android device:

  1. Mimicking Android mobile banking applications
  2. Draw You a fake web view for the targeted application ionen
  3. Steals credit card details or online banking credentials
  4. Pretends to be “FedEx, DHL, Correos and Chrome applications < / li>
  5. Forces unsuspecting users to change phones. Accessibility configurations
  6. Copies fake login screens from known banks
  7. Intercepts bank-related one-time passwords (OTPs)
  8. Replaces the standard SMS app on target devices
  9. Secures access to devices via SMS

Prevention steps

The commission lists ngCERT’s recommendations on how to avoid becoming a victim as follows:

  1. If you receive a suspicious text message, do not click the link and do not install any apps or security updates that the page prompts you to install.
  2. Use updated anti-virus software that detects and prevents malware infections.
  3. Apply critical patches to the system and application.
  4. Use strong passwords and activate two-factor authentication (2FA) for logins.
  5. Save your data reg r.
  6. If you are affected by this campaign, you should reset your device to factory mode as soon as possible. This will erase all data on your phone, including personal data.
  7. No restore from backups made after installing the app. You can contact ngCERT at *[email protected]* for technical support.
  8. You also urgently need to change the passwords for all of your online accounts related to your online bank accounts.
  9. If you are concerned that your accounts may have been accessed by unauthorized persons, contact your bank immediately.

No more renewals, NCC gives Nigerians one last one Link warning from their SIM card to NIN

In the meantime, the NCC had strictly warned Nigerians not to use their Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards with their National Identity Numbers ( NIN). do so before the deadline on Sunday October 31st.

According to the Commission, those who have not yet met will no longer be able to use their lines after the deadline .

NCC issued this warning in a statement following the completion of the second edition of the Telecoms Consumer Town Hall radio program on Wednesday.