Consumers are familiar with malware that attacks their computers but there is new malware that targets smartphones with Android operating systems. The Better Business Bureau is warning owners of these devices about the need to take precautions. There are two different versions of the malware: Loozfon and FinFisher.
The first, is similar to phishing emails and by opening the link it pushes the malware onto the device and enables it to steal the address book and its contents.
The second, uses text messages or links to load the malware onto the phone. Once installed, it is able to control and monitor the mobile device, regardless of its location.
The BBB advice for smartphone users includes:
1. Understanding how malware works and do not open emails or text messages that look questionable.
2. Do not open messages from unknown senders or click on any links or reply to messages that are from a network or email that is not secure or trustworthy.
3. Update your software. It is important to make sure that the applications are up to date so that they can better protect the phone.
4. Be cautious with unknown servers. Connecting to unknown wireless servers could pass malware onto your device.