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Android Malware Targets Europe via Smishing Campaigns

Over the past few months, researchers at FireEye have observed several smishing campaigns whose goal was to deliver Android malware to users in Europe.

Between February and June 2016, the security firm spotted five smishing, or SMS phishing, operations targeting people in Denmark, Italy, Germany, Austria and possibly some other European countries.

Researchers have identified a total of 55 malicious binaries used in these campaigns. The attackers set up command and control (C&C) servers, uploaded the Android malware to hosting websites, and then sent out links in SMS messages in an effort to trick recipients into installing the malware on their devices.

Once it infects a device, the malware monitors it to see what apps are executed by the victim. If one of the targeted applications is launched, the threat overlays a phishing page on top of it to get the user to hand over their information, which is then sent to the C&C servers.

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