What is SMS phishing?
SMS phishing occurs when a mobile phone receives an SMS (instant message or IM) from the wrong person or entity. The unsuspecting mobile phone user will reply to a fake SMS and visit a URL, accidentally download malware and install a Trojan horse without the user noticing.
Phishing is about extracting useful information. In the case of SMS phishing, the Trojan collects the data areas of the cell phone and sends them to the person who created the Trojan as soon as possible. SMS phishing is also known as SMiShing.
SMS phishing attempts occur when the mobile phone user is the recipient of a message confirming the receipt of an unknown purchase. To stop fraudulent purchases and avoid monthly or daily fees, consumers are directed to phishing websites.
Without knowing it, customers go straight to the website and allow hackers to access personal cell phone information. SMS phishing is becoming more common on social networks like Facebook.
SMS phishing is a way to carry out identity theft as the accidentally downloaded malware captures and transmits all stored cell phone data, including stored credit card details, names, addresses, and other data such as password details for email accounts that are opened when opened. increase the vulnerability of online banking and other accounts.
The malware can then cover their traces by wiping the phone clean including all call entries, resulting in repeated reboots or similar unusual behavior, rendering the phone unusable. Thus, the original phishing attack is easily unnoticed by the user.
Viruses and phishing scams cover all types of digital devices. Smart consumers should choose their products based on the product security software and data recovery technologies available.