Cryptolocker ransomware hits Android smartphones and tablets via fake porn app

Cryptolocker ransomware hits Android smartphones and tablets via fake porn app

A VARIANT of the Cryptolocker ransomware that plagued PC users over the last year by encrypting critical computer files and demanding cash to unlock them has hit Android devices.

Uncovered by a well-known security researcher who goes by the handle Kafeine on the blog Malware Don’t Need Coffee, the new strain infects a victim’s device when they visit a malicious domain on their Android device, which redirects them to a pornography website, where the criminals then use social engineering to trick users into downloading a malicious file.

To everyone who have experienced the Cryptolocker ransom-ware on a PC, this revelation is a problem for all people using an Android device.   My recommendation to all uses of Android devices is three fold:

  • Get an anti malware app for the device – I recommend forticlient
  • Do not download android apps from anywhere except the google store.   Althogh not always perfect there is a level of protection in doing this.
  • The digital world is a nasty place – be Paranoid.   Everyone is out to get you

 

 

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.

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