Security experts have discovered a new type of virus for the Android platform known as TangleBot. The malware has a complex algorithm and is able to “take away” all the key functions of the device from its owner.
The malicious software, dubbed TangleBot, most often attacks users in the US and Canada. First, the victim’s smartphone receives short messages about rules during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as fake notifications about scheduled power outages in certain areas. All such “messages” are accompanied by a link to a third-party website.
If you click on it you’ll see a message on your screen stating that you need to update your Flash Player. It was officially discontinued by Adobe last December, but if the user unknowingly agrees to download the update, a virus is installed on their device.
A smartphone infected with TangleBot can transmit data from the microphone, camera, and internal memory to third-party servers. Hackers can access the history of visited websites, messages, audio and video content, as well as any stored content.
The malware also gain access to the location of the gadget’s owner, using information obtained using a GPS module. If desired, the authors of the virus can lock the device remotely or, conversely, make calls from it.
ESET notes that TangleBot differs from its counterparts in its sophisticated and complex operating mechanism, and warns of the possible spread of the virus to other regions