Communications agency Traficom says that people in Finland received 70,000 malicious messages within one day, and predicts that the number will rise.

The malware particularly targets phones using the Android operating system (file photo). Image: Derrick Frilund / Yle

The Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) has warned of a resurgence of scam messages spreading malicious software known as FluBot. The agency said on Friday that the malware, which has proliferated in Finland in recent days, targets users with Android devices and mobile subscription. The malicious software can steal data from a phone if the user clicks on a link in an SMS.

Traficom predicts that the volume of messages will increase in the coming days.

The agency cites reports received by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-FI) indicating that scam text messages written in Finnish have been sent to tens of thousands of people in Finland.

Fraudsters send a variety of text messages with different wording and links. While the messages are written in Finnish, they do not include Scandinavian characters (å, ä and ö). They also include characters such as +, /, &, % and @ in illogical places in the text, which makes it more difficult for telecommunications operators to filter the messages.

The SMS may claim that the recipient has received a voicemail message or a message from their mobile operator. All the messages urge the recipient to open the link in the message.

Clicking on the link does not…

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