What Is FluBot, and How Does IT Work?
You know cyber security is a moving target. New threats develop all the time, and one of the most pernicious for Android devices these days is FluBot. Essentially, FluBot lures android users into giving up information allowing hackers to steal privileged data–like credit card numbers.
FluBot hackers outpace Android protections regarding third-party software. It happens like this: Android phones of target users will get an SMS link from some trusted business or contact. The link is an app download with FluBot hiding in the code.
When FluBot gets access to Android data, it spams as many contacts as it can, steals all banking information it can, installs spyware, and many other negative things. Contact lists are sent to hackers, allowing FluBot to spread like the virus that is its namesake.
So What Can Be Done?
There are a few key things you can do to prevent being infected by this virus. As a means of keeping yourself clear of this malicious software, to begin with, don’t activate any SMS link unless you’re 100% sure it’s clean. If you’re already dealing with the virus, change all login information for banks or other financial institutions, and perhaps even freeze accounts.
Presently, FluBot hasn’t crossed the Atlantic from Europe to the United States–at least not in an especially substantial capacity. However, it’s likely to be here soon. Preventative measures are smart for businesses with many employees on Android devices. MSPs help give you guidance on best practices in avoiding being infected generally. Consider the following:
- Carefully educate staff on android safety
- Manage passwords carefully and continuously
- Exercise mobile device management to secure networks
A Closer Look
Staff education has to be as continuous as possible. Monthly refreshers are best, but update personnel at least once a year. Password management for effective cyber security has to have a much smaller timeframe; weekly password changes aren’t a bad idea. Also, Mobile Device Management (MDM) is key to Android security.
Securing Android Devices Against Increasingly Vile Software Viruses
For the most robust cyber security across the surface area of Android devices used in your business, you’ll want to first avoid questionable SMS messages, secondly assure staff are educated on proper Android security best practices, third exercise proper password management, and fourth consider MDM protocols.
Working with cyber security experts is crucial in designing strong security protocols against not only FluBot, but many diverse tech threats characterizing modern IT infrastructure. To learn more about security best practices and explore the latest tech solutions on the market today, contact us at Total Technology Solutions.