There is such a heavy focus on malware that targets desktop PCs, laptops, and servers, but there are mobile malware types too, one of which is TangleBot, a pesky malware that hits the Android operating system. This particular threat is dangerous due to the increasing reliance on mobile technology in today’s workplace.
TangleBot is a nasty malware that gives hackers full control over an infected device. This gives them the ability to steal personal information and credentials. When the malware is installed on the device, attackers gain permissions like the ability to spy on communications through applications like the device’s camera, microphone, location services, etc. This malware can create serious problems for you if it goes undetected, as it can monitor and record most user activity, including websites visited and credentials entered.
This malware spreads by text messages containing infected links. The user might be encouraged to click on the link by referencing a relevant topic, usually something having to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination appointments, or even local power outages. Upon clicking the link, the user is prompted to provide the attacker with privileges that no applications on your phone should ever need.
One of the best ways to keep your phone safe from this malware is to always use scrutiny when handling suspicious or unsolicited messages sent to your phone. Just make sure that you are encouraging your staff to be as careful as possible in this regard. It’s one thing for you to do it, but another entirely to get your staff on board.
This practice can go a long way toward keeping your employees and your business secure, particularly while working remotely and especially for devices that are owned by the company. You can take these best practices one step further by implementing them alongside dedicated mobile security solutions that can whitelist or blacklist applications, as well as disable the installation of applications without company approval. This keeps employees from downloading applications that request unacceptable permissions.
Horne & Benik can help your organization keep itself safe from all types of threats, mobile malware included. To learn more, reach out to us at (603) 499-4400.