Creepy new Android ransomware installs itself, demands payment in iTunes gift cards

This brand new Android threat might not affect a large number of users, but it deserves some attention considering its ingenuity. Unlike other malware threats that need to fool the user to install them, this new ransomware-like attack does it automatically, without the owner of the handset knowing what’s happening. Ironically, after locking down the handset, the program demands payment in iTunes gift cards. But thankfully, there is a way to deal with it.

Discovered by Blue Coat, the malware masquerades as a warning from the U.S. government’s intelligence agencies, and installs itself after users visit certain compromised websites, including porn domains.

Once installed, the program stops all apps and prevents the user from doing anything with the device until a payment of $200 in iTunes gift cards is completed. Luckily, unlike computer ransomware, this program does not encrypt data. That…

Read the entire article from BGR here: Creepy new Android ransomware installs itself, demands payment in iTunes gift cards

 



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