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Android users have been warned against the latest scam that could see their bank accounts wiped.

The nasty malware virus can infiltrate your device stealing passwords and online banking details.

FluBot is an Android malware that has been spreading aggressively through text messages.

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After receiving a message, unsuspecting victims are having their passwords, online banking details and other sensitive information stolen from infected smartphones around the world.

Person using phone

FluBot malware is disguised as an application, so it can be difficult to spot.

Gardai say there are two ways to tell whether an app may be malware:

• If you tap an app, and it doesn’t open

• If you try to uninstall an app, and are instead shown an error message

If you think an app may be malware, reset the phone to factory settings.

The successful operation follows a complex criminal investigation coordinated by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre EC3 and involved law enforcement authorities in Australia, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the US.

Detective Superintendent Pat Ryan, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau said: “This operation has successfully disrupted and rendered ineffective the infrastructure behind the malware.

“The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau continue work collaboratively with international law enforcement agencies to target the criminal networks responsible for all forms of cybercrime.

He added: “The investigation is ongoing to identify the individuals behind this global malware campaign.”

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