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NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by fergie001: 4:42pm On Oct 22
PRESS STATEMENT

*NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers on Flubot Malware*

_Lists measures to guard against attack_


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) wishes to alert millions of Nigerian telecom consumers of the existence of new, high-risk and extremely-damaging, Malware called Flubot.

A malware is a generic word used to describe a virus or software, designed specially to “disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.”

According to the information received today, October 21, 2021, from the Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT), Flubot “targets Androids with fake security updates and App installations”.

The ngCERT affirmed that Flubot “impersonates Android mobile banking applications to draw fake web view on targeted applications” and its goal transcends stealing personal data and essentially targets stealing of credit card details or online banking credentials.

FluBot is circulated through Short Message Service (SMS) and can snoop “on incoming notifications, initiate calls, read or write SMSes, and transmit the victim’s contact list to its control centre.”

This malware attacks Android devices by pretending to be “FedEx, DHL, Correos, and Chrome applications” and compels unsuspecting users to alter the accessibility configurations on their devices in order to maintain continuous presence on devices.

The new malware undermines the security of devices by copying fake login screens of prominent banks, and the moment the users enter their login details on the fake pages, their data is harvested and transmitted to the malware operators’ control point from where the data is exploited by intercepting banking-related One Time Passwords (OTPs) and replacing the default SMS app on the targeted Android device.

Consequently, it secures admittance into the device through SMS and proceeds to transmit similar messages to other contacts that may be on the device it has attacked enticing them into downloading the fake app.

It suffices to say that, when Flubot infects a device, it can result in incalculable financial losses. Additionally, the malware creates a backdoor which grants access to the user’s device, thus enabling the invader or attacker to perform other criminal actions, including launching other variants of malware.

In view of this discovery and understanding of the process by which this malware operates, and in order to protect millions of telecom consumers and prevent criminal forces, irrespective of location, from using telecom platforms to perpetrate fraud and irredeemable damages, the NCC hereby wishes to reiterate the advisory of ngCERT as follows:

1. Do not click on the link if you receive a suspicious text message, and do not install any app or security update the page asks you to install.

2. Use updated antivirus software that detects and prevents malware infections.

3. Apply critical patches to the system and application.
4. Use strong passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) over logins.

5. Back-up your data regularly.

6. If you have been affected by this campaign, you should reset your device to factory mode as soon as possible. This will delete any data on your phone, including personal data.

7. Do not restore from backups created after installing the app. You may contact ngCERT on *incident@cert.gov.ng* for technical assistance.

8. You will also need to change the passwords to all of your online accounts, with urgency, around your online bank accounts.

9. If you have concerns that your accounts may have been accessed by unauthorised people, contact your bank immediately.

As the Commission intensifies efforts in ensuring increased broadband access, enabling telecoms consumers to carry out their legitimate activities more efficiently and effectively online, it also restates its commitment to empowering consumers through useful information and education to protect them from falling victims of all kinds of cyber-attack while online. This explains the rationale for the launch of telecom sector's Centre for Computer Security Incident Response by NCC on 30th September, 2021.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde
Director, Public Affairs

21st October, 2021

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by LeeMason(m): 4:53pm On Oct 22
We that have #45.50 as our account balance. Nothing concern us

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by chigoziri2403(m): 4:53pm On Oct 22
Nigerians are already used to malwares in high places raping us brutally

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by bukkysam(f): 4:53pm On Oct 22
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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Hakeem12(m): 4:53pm On Oct 22
I blame MAINABBQGRILLS and her Darling Daddy.

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by DropsMic(m): 4:54pm On Oct 22
fergie001:

This malware attacks Android devices by pretending to be “FedEx, DHL, Correos, and Chrome applications” and compels unsuspecting users to alter the accessibility configurations on their devices in order to maintain continuous presence on devices.

The new malware undermines the security of devices by copying fake login screens of prominent banks, and the moment the users enter their login details on the fake pages, their data is harvested and transmitted to the malware operators’ control point from where the data is exploited by intercepting banking-related One Time Passwords (OTPs) and replacing the default SMS app on the targeted Android device.


Na because of nonsense like this i drop my Android buy iphone

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Faller: 4:54pm On Oct 22
I don't know if this have anything to do with NCC

but I no go still link my line to NIN

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by iampeterben(m): 4:54pm On Oct 22
Okay should we say now that NCC is working?
Okay we have heard.

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Iphone5: 4:54pm On Oct 22
NCC una dey mad

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Emmypure: 4:55pm On Oct 22
When the birds learn how to fly without pausing.

The Hunter's learn how to shoot without timing.

If them like make them alert people.


Them bombers like slow will divice another format to bypass their security.

Anyhow steady cash out continues.

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by webshopNG: 4:55pm On Oct 22
They will still click
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by DominionGreat: 4:56pm On Oct 22
Omo
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by chroniclesss(m): 4:56pm On Oct 22
Flubot !!! again!!... nothing wey we no go hear for this Fulani demonic regime

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by tophumble(m): 4:56pm On Oct 22
Jor ooooo

Everything about Nigeria needs prayer, road, rail, air, water, even phone is no longer safe from attack.

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Okunga: 4:57pm On Oct 22
Once again IPhone wins even with all the bad mouthing about the phone being a waste of money. �

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Blackfire(m): 4:57pm On Oct 22
We the youths are solidly behind our darling president
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by bragamycin: 4:57pm On Oct 22
AFter the thing would have trended on other news either foreign or local and pple are now aware of it, NCC will now be rolling out measures to show us that they are working
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by OBTMOS(m): 4:58pm On Oct 22
Android users in the mud.
Use iPhone u no go hear
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by tmtech: 5:00pm On Oct 22
Shey wahala no too much like this

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Noshitboi(m): 5:06pm On Oct 22
NCC be forming like they're working

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by GardenOfGod(m): 5:09pm On Oct 22
What is a malware? It's a virus that seeks to gain access to your divices using subtle means so as to destroy it(them). Please is Buhari and APC not the most BIGGEST MALWARE in the world destroying the very soul of our existence and our unifying factors?

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by beautyfunke(m): 5:11pm On Oct 22
Another way to creepy citizen hard earned
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by jef131: 5:11pm On Oct 22
Ok no wahala
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by jericco1(m): 5:13pm On Oct 22
Well even the minister of communication is a malware on its own

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by sapientia(m): 5:14pm On Oct 22
Just to feel important

It's just one out of many

The write up is filled with lies and flaws
Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by Theunbothered: 5:16pm On Oct 22
Okunga:
Once again IPhone wins even with all the bad mouthing about the phone being a waste of money. �

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by airsaylongcome: 5:18pm On Oct 22
DropsMic:



Na because of nonsense like this i drop my Android buy iphone

And iPhone no get malware? Enough sef. Na wetin NSO for Israel specialize in

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Re: NCC Alerts Telecom Consumers On Flubot Malware by iHart(m): 5:20pm On Oct 22
We need three-factor authentication. Password, OTP and next-of-kin approval. Hahaha

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