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Takedown of SMS-based FluBot spyware infecting Android phones

Takedown of SMS-based FluBot spyware infecting Android phones

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An international law enforcement operation involving 11 countries has resulted in the takedown of one of the fastest-spreading mobile malware to date. Known as FluBot, this Android malware has been spreading aggressively through SMS, stealing passwords, online banking details and other sensitive information from infected smartphones across the world. Its infrastructure was successfully disrupted earlier in May by the Dutch Police (Politie), rendering this strain of malware inactive. 

This technical achievement follows a complex investigation involving law enforcement authorities of Australia, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the US, with the coordination of international activity carried out by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). 

The investigation is ongoing to identify the individuals behind this global malware campaign.

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