An example of the scam texts sent out by the ‘Flubot’.
Phone users who were tricked into downloading a malware app after clicking on malicious links in a deluge of scam texts may be able to remove it without wiping their phones, Vodafone says.
Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees warned on Wednesday that customers were receiving large numbers of scam texts advising them they had parcels that needed to be delivered.
Government cyber-security agency Cert NZ said that if phone users clicked on links contained in the text messages they would be directed to a website that would attempt to trick them into downloading a ‘FluBot’.
That malware could seek to steal information including internet banking and other passwords and would replicate by sending out another wave of scam texts to contacts in the phone’s address book, it warned.