«Dangerous Trojans» – criminals flood Switzerland with fraudulent SMS

PublishedOctober 15, 2021, 5:20 pm

There are currently a lot of fraudulent SMS in circulation. The authorities warn against clicking on the link contained therein.

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People across Switzerland are currently receiving such or similar SMS.

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This is a new variant of the “FluBot” Trojan, as the authorities warn.

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According to “Cybercrimepolice”, “FluBot” works as follows: On Android devices, after clicking on the link, you are prompted to install an app.  Fraudulent SMS messages are then sent to other potential victims from the cell phone.

According to “Cybercrimepolice”, “FluBot” works as follows: On Android devices, after clicking on the link, you are prompted to install an app. Fraudulent SMS messages are then sent to other potential victims from the cell phone.

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  • Many Swiss are currently receiving fraudulent text messages.

  • It is a new version of the “FluBot” Trojan, as the authorities warn.

  • Lawyer and IT expert Martin Steiger sees the program as a very dangerous Trojan.

  • At the moment it is primarily designed to extract personal financial data from victims: “However, such programs can theoretically perform any function with updates.”

In the past few days, many Swiss people have received mysterious SMS messages. Often the wording is similar: “You have a new MMS message” is what they say. Or: “You have a missed call.” At the same time you will be asked to click on a link.

The “Cybercrimepolice” portal of the Zurich cantonal police warns of the news: This is the “FluBot” trojan, as it is called. Over 130 affected people have already reported there, 20 minutes more are known to be almost 20 more. According to Swisscom, the scam is currently increasing and being tried across Switzerland.

Fraudsters want data

According to “Cybercrimepolice”, “FluBot” works as follows: On Android devices, after clicking on the link, you are prompted to install an app. Fraudulent SMS messages are then sent to other potential victims from the cell phone.

Attempts are also made to obtain personal data and credit card information. On the one hand, by displaying fake input masks for credit card apps. On the other hand, inputs to online banking apps or Gmail are intercepted. The app cannot be installed on smartphones with iOS.

Smartphones are a lump risk

Lawyer and IT expert Martin Steiger sees “FluBot” as a dangerous Trojan. At the moment it is primarily designed to pull personal financial data from victims. “However, such programs can theoretically perform any function with updates.”

In the end, Trojans always worked in a similar way: “Potential victims should be induced to behave carelessly.” Once you have access to a person’s smartphone, you have practically their entire digital life in your hand, says Steiger: “Because everything runs via the smartphone these days, it poses a considerable cluster risk.”

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