Keep an eye on this text that could erase your Android

16 February 2016

If you've got an Android, you need to keep 'em peeled, because there's a text doing the rounds that could wipe your phone, and cause all manner of problems.

The text has a link to an APK (Android Application Package) which, if you install it, gives nasty people the chance to have the rights to your phone, accessing all your personal things and allowing them to brick it if they want. Obviously, you shouldn't ever download anything that's sent to you in a text, unless it is a photo or something from a friend.

This is serious though. This malware would allow hackers to see your verification codes and the like, which gives them access to your bank account and other things.

It looks like this.


Short version - if you see this arrive on your phone, delete it immediately.

The text was spotted by Heimdal Security Blog, and it says: "You have received a multimedia message from +[country code] [sender number] Follow the link http:www.mmsforyou [.] Net /mms.apk to view the message."

It installs Tor on your phone, unpacks and runs it, and then connect to a server, which then sends a message that says "Thank you". Then, the baddies can go to work.

If you want to stop this, 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. You should also install some anti-virus apps on your Android - the best of which you can find here.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Scams

1 comment

  • Father J.
    Who would fall for this? Oh right, the same people who believe that some dude in Nigeria wants to share their Uncle's fortune of £419000000000000 with them for absolutely no reason.

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