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Possible infection from plain text message


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#1 SuperSapien64

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 09:19 PM

Earlier today I got a strange txt message I viewed it and it was a plain text message with an odd hyper link consisting of random letters and numbers, I was debating with myself whether or not to open the text now I'm wishing I didn't open it. Because several hours latter after someone legit called me and after hanging up I noticed a popup add but I accidentally backed out the popup add before I  had a chance to see what the popup add said who knows maybe it was from Avast Mobile but it could be an infection. Because I called my cellular providers tech support and they told it is possible to get a infection from a plain text.

So what do you think? And any suggestions for backing up my entire app list?



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Posted 05 November 2016 - 01:11 AM

with an odd hyper link consisting of random letters and numbers

 
Sounds like a data uri to me. Here's a SAFE example of one data:text/html;base64,VGhpcyBpcyBhIHRlc3QK . Did it look like that? If you put that address into a web browser it will output "This is a test". Data uris are a legitimate technology, but are also quite popular with people doing nefarious things.
 

So what do you think?

 
I've never used Android, and honestly don't know anything about phones/texting, so I'll let someone else field those other questions. I just wanted to mention the data uri, in case that's what you were refering to. :)

Edited by hollowface, 05 November 2016 - 01:12 AM.


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Posted 05 November 2016 - 12:36 PM

 

with an odd hyper link consisting of random letters and numbers

 
Sounds like a data uri to me. Here's a SAFE example of one data:text/html;base64,VGhpcyBpcyBhIHRlc3QK . Did it look like that? If you put that address into a web browser it will output "This is a test". Data uris are a legitimate technology, but are also quite popular with people doing nefarious things.
 

Yeah it was something like that but much shorter.



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 08:54 AM

You should be really attentive with such mssages, sometimes they can harm your device



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 07:26 PM

You should be really attentive with such mssages, sometimes they can harm your device

About a week ago I got another fishy plain text I at first glance thought was from Google anyway it was from a Gmail account and when I opened the text it started downloading a mms attachment so I very quickly backed out of the text and deleted it hopefully it didn't have time to download/install anything.

Now I make it a habit to check my recent call/text history before I view any unknown text, because it might be from my dentist they send text messages about appointments. 



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Posted 24 November 2016 - 02:58 AM

A good friend of mine downloaded a spying app on his device which a simple image contained :oopsign:. After that he is really careful, while he has done lots of work to get rid of it



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Posted 24 November 2016 - 05:22 PM

How are suppose to know if you have spyware on your Android device? I brought my phone to my cellular provider they scanned it again and found nothing heck I even went under the application manger and selected show system apps and I couldn't find anything that looked suspicious. I also have Malwarebytes and Avast Mobile on my phone and they both said my device is clean. So I'm not sure if I have anything if I do its disguising itself to look like a legit system app.


Edited by SuperSapien64, 24 November 2016 - 05:22 PM.





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