“Your package has been sent. Please check and receive it.” This type of message that invites you to click on a link is a scam. According to a survey conducted by French cybercrime publisher Sekoia.IO and reported by Numerama, this message offers to install malicious software which, once installed, will steal your data.
Phishing text messages pretending to send a package are a common practice, well identified by the digital security assistance and prevention service Cyber Malice. But it endures. On his blog, the French publisher counted 70,000 text messages sent in mid-July, but this number has since increased to 200,000. Despite everything, France is the least affected country, found Sekoia.IO. , the French publisher counted 70,000 text messages sent in mid-July, but this number has since increased to 200,000. Despite everything, France is the least affected country, found Sekoia.IO.
A campaign from China
This campaign affects many countries around the world: France, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. And according to the research done by Sekoia.IO, the link differs depending on your phone. “On Android, the user is tricked into downloading a malicious application,” explains Marc Nebout, cybersecurity engineer at Sekoia.IO.
Once installed, the malicious app MoqHao – the work of Chinese hacker group Roaming Mantis according to McAfee – asks for permission to access contacts and messages. The objective is thus to recover this data in order to send new malicious SMS. This type of attack can also lead to calls to premium rate numbers, the company says.
What to do if you receive this message
If you receive this SMS, or any questionable message, it is better not to click on the links it contains. If you have installed the MoqHoa application, know that it takes the features of that of the Chrome browser. You can identify and delete it in your phone settings. A reset of the device is then recommended.
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