Alert by SingCert: Android cellphone users beware of malware link sent via SMS

An example of the malware link sent via SMS. -- PHOTO: SingTel/FACEBOOK
An example of the malware link sent via SMS. -- PHOTO: SingTel/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Some android cellphone users were hit by a malicious software on Monday when they clicked on a link they received via an SMS.

The spread of the malware, which would forwarded itself on to other contacts stored on an infected cellphone, prompted the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team or SingCert to issue an advisory on Monday night.

It urged those who received the SMS to delete it immediately and not to click on any suspicious links.

The advisory by SingCert instructs affected cellphone users to uninstall an app, called PhotoViewer, which is downloaded when the suspicious link they received via SMS is clicked. It also instructs affected users to delete the Android Application Package (APK) file from the Downloads folder, which can be accessed from the browser's settings page.

Telcos Singtel, Starhub and M1 posted advisories on their Facebook pages warning customers about the malware on Monday evening.

 

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SingCert, which is owned by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, was set up to respond to cyber security incidents by broadcasting alerts, advisories and security patches, among other things.

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