Mobiles have been attacked by dangerous malware. It steals the accounts of this popular social network in a big way

  • Schoolyard Bully malware is spreading across the Internet
  • It is hiding in educational apps for Android
  • They want your Facebook credentials

Hacker attack, illustration

Mobile devices have undergone incredible development over the past ten years. It has long been no longer just about devices used for calling or writing ordinary SMS messages. Nowadays, they can already replace many other devices, including computers. At the same time, the risk of cyber attacks increases, which can really mess you up.

He has been in charge for 4 years

One of the current threats is then according to information security firm Zimperium’s trojan named Schoolyard Bully. It masquerades as educational applications and has been in circulation since 2018. The malware has already infected over 300,000 devices in 71 different countries, but the worst hit is Vietnam. The malicious code then tries to steal your Facebook credentials and other data.

Some of the applications that were used to spread the Trojan were also on Google Play. Fortunately, you won’t find them here anymore, but malicious apps are still circulating on other unofficial third-party stores. So, if you want to avoid such a threat, don’t download any apps from unofficial sources.

Schoolyard Bully Malware Spread Map

A map showing which states the malware is spreading in | photo: Zimperium


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Who is behind the attack?

There are a total of 37 identified infected applications that are part of the attack. As their distribution continues on other application stores, it can be expected that the number of victims is actually higher. However, the exact number cannot be estimated, because it is simply impossible to measure such things with less official stores.

It is not yet known who is the author of the Schoolyard Bully virus. However, security analysts have come to the conclusion that malware it is in no way connected to Operation FlyTrap, which also targeted the theft of Facebook credentials and primarily in Vietnam. An interesting fact is that the Czech Republic was not affected by the attack according to data from Zimperium.


Source: Mobilizujeme.cz by mobilizujeme.cz.

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