Since last week, mobile operators blocked more than 2 million text messages per day. Indeed, the dangerous Flubot virus is raging again. This virus can take full control of a mobile phone and send SMS on behalf of the victim to all contacts stored in the phonebook of the device as well as to other mobile numbers. More than 2,000 infected mobile phones have already been blocked by mobile operators in recent days due to unusually high SMS traffic.
Text messages are sent from the mobile phones of customers infected with the Flubot mobile malware (the name of the virus that spreads via text messages). It is difficult to determine the exact origin of the SMS, because once infected, it is the customer’s mobile phone that becomes the transmission vector to other users. In other words, these SMS therefore come from legitimate customers of telecommunications operators.
Jack Hamande, member of the BIPT Council: “When the operators notice that a customer has been infected, for example on the basis of abnormal SMS traffic, they temporarily block this customer and give him the reasons for the blocking and the instructions on how to remove the malware. It is therefore up to the customer himself to eliminate the mobile malware from his device. It is important that customers do this. This is because the malware also sends international messages and can therefore eventually lead to high bills. ”
Operators temporarily block the numbers of infected customers. The customer can then still call and receive text messages, but can no longer send them. After a certain period of time, or after the customer has indicated that they have removed the malware, they can send messages again. If new suspicious SMS traffic is detected, the client will be temporarily blocked again.
Since last week, mobile operators have blocked more than 2 million text messages per day. More than 2,000 infected mobile phones have already been blocked by mobile operators in recent days due to unusually high SMS traffic.
This is why BIPT and CCB are launching an urgent appeal to mobile phone users:
1. Always be vigilant when you receive an unexpected message
2. Do not click on a link in an SMS!
3. Never install applications via a link in an SMS Only install applications from a standard application store (Google Play, App Store). If, while installing an application, you receive a message preventing installation or a security warning, definitely do not continue. Anyone who has installed Flubot on a mobile phone must immediately remove the virus. How? ‘Or’ What ?
Method 1: restore your device to factory settings
Method 2: By restarting the device in “safe mode” and then removing the bogus app
After removing the virus, change all the passwords of the accounts that you have access to from your smartphone. As an SMS may have been sent on behalf of the victim to all of their contacts, they should also be notified as soon as possible.
Also, victims will not always immediately notice that a very large number of SMS has been sent. However, it will be possible to see the massive sending of SMS on the telephone bill. In this case, the victim must contact his operator. It is only when the application has been deleted that the number can no longer be misused.
You can send screenshots of fraudulent messages to [email protected]