Pedestrians check their smartphones on a bridge in Bangkok. (File photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
The Ministry of Economy and Digital Society (DES) has urged users of phones with the iPhone (iOS) and Android operating systems to be aware of some 200 malicious applications and remove them from their devices if they are found.
DES Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said the ministry and the National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) found more than 200 malware-infected apps and posted them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/prmdes .official.
These malicious apps include Chat Text SMS, Classic Game Messenger, Care Message, Cartoons Me, Creative Emoji Keyboard, Flashlight Flash Alert On Call, Password Manager, and YouToon-All Cartoon Effect.
Anyone who has these apps installed on their devices is urged to remove them immediately, as well as update their software to ensure security is up to date, Chaiwut said, adding that the ministry has already asked Google and Apple to remove these apps. app apps. stories.
“The public is asked to be on the lookout for malicious apps. If downloaded, hackers can steal your personal data or take control of your phones,” he said.
Chaiwut also warned against phishing, where scammers send a text message that appears to be from known establishments, including banks, and ask the phone user to click on a link or enter personal details such as passwords.
NCSA Thailand is collecting information about companies sending fake text messages and will ask the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and mobile phone operators to block these text messages, it said.
Minister DES said that scammers also use the LINE chat app disguised as legitimate companies to steal personal information. He asked the public to double check when communicating with businesses or state agencies via LINE.
Chayawadee Chai-Anant, deputy governor of the Bank of Thailand (BoT), said the central bank had instructed commercial banks to improve the security of mobile banking security services.
One measure for cybersecurity is that a mobile banking app or e-wallet should only be used on one device to reduce risks, he said.
Ms Chayawadee said phone users should know that banks will not include a link in their text messages or emails asking users to enter personal information. She said the central bank is also working with the agencies involved to raise public awareness of fraudulent activities and to prevent the use of mule accounts.