Text messages are an increasingly popular vector for hackers and assorted digitally focused ne’er-do-wells to use for separating unsuspecting victims from their data or their money. Sometimes both. The Android malware known as FluBot is one example of a threat spreading via a text message scam, managing to reel in victims for a number of different reasons. Partly because the average person these days is perhaps much less likely to click on a dodgy email.

But a text message that dresses itself up as a legitimate-looking “missed package delivery” update, as is the case with the way FluBot spreads, is apparently much more likely to find its mark.

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FluBot malware — text message scam

According to the cybersecurity company Proofpoint, this particular flavor of Android malware — one of many to watch out for — appears to be surging once again. There had been a dip in FluBot activity earlier this year, attributed to arrests made in Europe. But now the FluBot malware is hitting more countries in Europe once again. “Its latest victims include Android users in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Spain,…

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