SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Recently, smishing messages are rapidly on the rise, which warrants mobile phone users’ caution. According to AhnLab, the security software provider specializing in antivirus software, on November 13, more and more text messages masquerading as some messages requiring immediate attention such as garbage problem or neighborhood noise are luring people to click a link that may lead to malicious codes.
For example, messages like “We [the city hall] have just received a complaint about excessive noise from your neighbor” or “A report has been received about you violating the waste management law [illegal dumping of garbage] are now fast replacing old smishing tricks like court summons, package delivery notices, or invitations.
In case where one inadvertently clicked the URL link included in the smishing, one must initialize the phone setting while checking for malicious code infection with antivirus programs like V3 Mobile. Kang Jong-seok, lead researcher with AhnLab’s fusion product development unit, said, “As the year’s end approaches, we expect smishing messages related to Christmas and end-of-the-year holidays. It’s a better habit not to click any link inside the text message at all.”
By M.H. Lee (email@example.com)