Finland undergoes massive cyberattack – malware spreads via SMS

Finland is trying to stop the flow of text messages of unknown origin and spreading malware. Aino-Maria Vayrynen from the National Cybersecurity Center reported several million messages, the malware was dubbed FluBot.

Image source: Gerd Altmann /

Image source: Gerd Altmann /

Telia, the second largest telecommunications operator in Finland, managed to intercept several hundred thousand messages. “The malware attack is highly unusual and very alarming. A significant number of text messages are passing through “, – commented Teemu Makela, head of the information security department of the country’s largest operator Elisa Oyj.

Messages began to arrive on mobile phones of Finnish subscribers at the end of last week, and the National Cyber ​​Security Center was forced to issue a “serious warning”. Antti Turunen, head of anti-fraud at Telia, said the new cyberattack was worse than last summer.

In the SMS coming to the subscribers’ devices, it is said about the received voice mail message and is offered to open the link. When you try to open it on Android devices, you are prompted to install an application containing malicious code, and iPhone owners are redirected to a website with fraudulent content.


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