Beware of scams. It is also spreading in Italy, targeting Android smartphones, a virus that empties accounts by accessing the financial applications used by users.
Is called Brata and it was first spotted in 2019 by Kaspersky security experts.
The goal of the Brata virus is to get the the access codes of the victims to the bank accounts and steal app funds.
In recent days, however, the company Cleafy Labs has detected a ‘strong push of the spread of the threat in Europedue to an update that makes it operational outside of the country of origin, Brazil.
The user receives a phishing message, it is a fraudulent sms carried out on Internet, which seems to come from your bank. In the text there is a link which, when clicked, leads to a malicious site that launches the installation of an application called “Antispam”, “Device Security” or “Advanced Security”.
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After accepting installation requests from unknown sources, you end up on a Web page, where the user must enter the personal codes of his bank accounts. At that time, the virus records everything and begins to steal economic reserves.
In addition to the insult, there is also the insult: once the finances have been emptied, Brata virus forces a cell phone resetwhich is completely reset.
How to avoid online scams?
The way to avoid falling into the “empty account” online virus network is to follow a few precautions: avoid opening links received by message and chat, even though they are apparently sent by banking institutions, e do not install apps outside the play store of Android.
Google, which runs the digital store, has been performing periodic, automatic checks of hosted apps for years to verify their authenticity and eliminate software that contains malicious code, viruses and other threats.
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