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A new Android malware that can erase your phone with a single text

We have seen many malwares affecting the Android ecosystem & Google releasing security patches for them . Some OEMs also release regular security patches in order to fight with these malwares.

Now as per a report from Danish security firm Heimdal, they have discovered a new Android Malware named Mazar which can cause erase of full data in your Android phone. This can be done with just a single text message to your phone which will be converted to a multimedia message when you open. This also gains administrator permissions such as   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.

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The SMS / MMS in question arrives with the following contents (sanitized by Heimdal Security):

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

If the APK (which is a program file for Android) is run on an Android-powered smartphone, then it will gain administrator rights on the victim’s device. This will allow the attackers to: 

  • 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

How to protect yourself against these malwares:

  • NEVER click on links in SMS or MMS messages on your phone.
  • Go to Settings > Security and make sure this option(Unknown Sources) is turned OFF.
  • Install a top class antivirus for Android.
  • Do not connect to unknown and unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Install a VPN on your smartphone and use constantly as it is very good for privacy & security purpose.
  • Try be cautious all the time about your phone & personal date a in it.

 

Shivam Singh

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