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Ruthless new ransomware hits Android users

Author: ITS

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Category: IT Security , General Interest

Do you use your smartphone like a computer and check emails, download files, and even just browse the web?smartphone

Make sure you’ve got protection.

With more and more malicious software spreading across the internet and creeping into mobile devices around the world, it’s more important than ever before to be aware of how malware could impact not just your device, but your personal information stored on your device.

A new ransomware is on the rise, and it’s a ruthless one.

Posing as an Adobe Flash player update, this new ransomware sneaks onto your device as a fake video player. When the app is opened, the device will display a fake error message and the only option is to press “OK”.

When the user presses “OK”, a fake FBI warning will appear, preventing the user from navigating away, or even closing the application.

It doesn’t stop there.

The warning message announces the user visited illegal pornographic websites and includes fake screenshots of browser history. To make it even more compelling, the warning also states they have a picture of the user’s face and location.

At this point, the user’s device is completely locked and the only way to unlock it is to pay a ransom of $500, which increases if the user tries to independently unlock it.

Learn how you can protect your device from this new ransomware, visit Hot for Security’s Article.

How can you prevent malware?

  1. Avoid unofficial app stores and untrusted sources
  2. Back up your device
  3. Use anti-malware protection

There is much more you can do to reduce your risk, but it all comes back to being aware and alert.

For more tips on how you can improve your safe IT practices, visit UNB’s Safe Computing webpage.