The most dangerous virus on Android threatens to take over smartphones

Cybersecurity analysts have discovered a new type of virus on Android, which they call TangleBot.

Malware is highly sophisticated and capable of hijacking most, if not all, functions of your phone. Once infected, the phone becomes a device for tracking and stalking the victim.

TangleBot targets users sending text messages to Android devices in the US and Canada.

SMS messages disguise themselves as Covid-19 regulations and information on booster doses, as well as messages related to potential power outages, prompting victims to click a link to a site that states that an Adobe Flash update is required.

The most dangerous virus on Android threatens to take over smartphones
SMS messages leading to a website with a virus

If the victim clicks on all dialogue boxes and navigates to a malicious site, a virus will be installed on the smartphone unnoticed.

Users are oblivious to the fact that Adobe ended support for Flash in December 2020 or the fact that it hasn’t been supported on mobile since 2012.

The most dangerous virus on Android threatens to take over smartphones
The same site with the virus

If the smartphone is successfully infected, TangleBot can completely take over the device, transferring remote control to cybercriminals. The malware can control access to audio and video, microphone and camera, view visited websites, access password collection, extract data from SMS activities and any stored content on the device.

TangleBot can also grant itself permission to change device configuration settings and allow attackers to view GPS location data.

The functionality of the infected smartphone obtained by the hackers provides full surveillance and data collection capabilities.

In addition to the capabilities of spyware and keyloggers, the virus can block and make calls, which inevitably leads to the possibility of a set of additional services.

The most dangerous virus on Android threatens to take over smartphones
Permissions requested by TangleBot

The report notes that TangleBot’s level of sophistication stands out from other forms of malware not previously encountered.

Android malware and Trojans are becoming more prevalent for the Google operating system, and it is not just text messages that can infect a smartphone.

The GriftHorse malware has previously been successfully deployed into apps officially approved for Google Play and other third-party app stores, allowing it to infect over 10 million devices and steal tens of millions of dollars.

Earlier, podrobnosti.ua reported about how Ukrainians were warned about a massive attack of a “virus” on computers.

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