This Malware Wipes Your Phone

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Android users should be on the lookout for a vicious new malware that steals money from your bank account and then resets your phone to cover its tracks.

The security experts at McAfee say BRATA malware disguises itself as a security scanner app and requests admin permissions on your phone.

Then it gets to work stealing your passwords and PINS and monitors your banking apps. It can also do the following:

  • Hide incoming calls by setting the ring volume to zero and blacking out the screen 
  • Grant by clicking the “Allow” button when permission dialogs appear on the screen 
  • Disable the Google Play Store
  • Uninstall itself

The malicious app arrives in the form of an alleged text from your bank with a link to a website where you can download the app.

Experts say the best way to protect yourself is to carefully check out security apps before you install them and don’t download anything from outside the Google Play Store.

If you’ve downloaded an app after an alleged text from your bank, you’ll want to immediately reset your phone and change passwords for every account you access via your phone.

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