The teams of the Anti-Cyber Crime Branch of Izmir Police Department warned that there are malicious software in the links in the messages such as ‘National solidarity project, pandemic support, Ministry of Health social support, card dues return’.Provincial Police Department Combating Cyber Crime Branch teams started work on the complaints that have increased recently. The teams determined that messages containing many topics were sent by an unidentified person or persons under the name of support to citizens. It also found that these messages contained malware. It was stated that the suspects who sent messages containing contents such as ‘National solidarity project, pandemic support, social support by the Ministry of Health, return of card dues’ to the phones of the citizens put malicious software in the links in the texts. The suspects who provide the malware to download and install the malware on the phone, seize many powers of smartphones with this malware and send the same SMS text to all people registered in the phone book without the person’s knowledge, relying on the messages from the people they know, clicking on the link and installing the loaded malicious The software also made the used phone vulnerable to external interference, making many personal data accessible, including saved passwords, videos and photos, social media accounts and mobile banking applications.
Cyber Crimes Branch teams warned citizens to be careful about the issue. He suggested that citizens should not click on the links sent by SMS or e-mail without confirming their reliability, even if they come from people they know, and that mobile applications should not be downloaded from sites other than reliable application stores (such as Google play store, App store). On the other hand, it was stated that in case of encountering this situation, the possible grievances can be minimized by taking measures such as disconnecting the mobile data, wi-fi connection of smartphones, removing the sim card of the phone, turning off the device completely, suspending the mobile banking accounts used.