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YP14
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Can an sms contain malware when it has no links

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I received a text from "Verify" with the message "Use #### as microsoft account security code"

 

This text was unsolicited and in fact I never gave microsoft my mobile number.

 

I did open the text to read it. It doesn't appear to contain any links.

 

The question is "Can a text message/sms contain any malware, that just opening will execute?"

 

Thanks in advance

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Re: Can an sms contain malware when it has no links

@YP14

The message sounds legitimate, and I base this on my own experience with resetting access passwords and 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) for Microsoft accounts. (such as Hotmail/Windows Live Emails, XBox accounts, etc).

 

These SMS's are usually triggered if you have an account tagged and you attempt to reset the password or have 2FA enabled.

There is also the possibility that someone may have typo'd their own number on their account which has triggered an SMS to go to you.

 

It's pretty safe to ignore the SMS and delete it.

 

- Matt

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Re: Can an sms contain malware when it has no links

Not that I'm aware of.  It sounds like someone has set up their microsoft account to use your mobile number for their 2 factor login.

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Telstra (Retired)
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Re: Can an sms contain malware when it has no links

@YP14

The message sounds legitimate, and I base this on my own experience with resetting access passwords and 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) for Microsoft accounts. (such as Hotmail/Windows Live Emails, XBox accounts, etc).

 

These SMS's are usually triggered if you have an account tagged and you attempt to reset the password or have 2FA enabled.

There is also the possibility that someone may have typo'd their own number on their account which has triggered an SMS to go to you.

 

It's pretty safe to ignore the SMS and delete it.

 

- Matt

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