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CryptoLocker on Android? Good grief....


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http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/05/simplocker-android-ransomware-malware-virus

 

And it is not the only one!

 

Various forms of Android ransomware have been uncovered in recent months. In May, security experts warned about a strain called Koler, which posed as a porn app. It then sent a message claiming to be from police, telling the user they had broken the law by watching indecent material, demanding they pay a fine of $300.
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Also:

New strain of criminal software asks for payment to unlock files on SD cards, but is so far confined to Ukrainian region

I do not think there are any porn apps on google play so the user would have to sideload the app which is dangerous anyway.

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I've heard rumblings that a URL in a text message could lead to malware infection on Android. Do I have incorrect information?

 

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That would only work if the user had Unknown Sources checked in the Security settigns, otherwise the file wouldn't be able to do anything.

 

Unless they found another attack vector, I do not believe it is possible.

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This is probably what you are talking about: Worm-like Android malware spreads using text messages

 

The text message says “Is this your photo?” in Russian and has a link to an Android application package (.APK) file containing a copy of Samsapo.

 

Same as I mentioned, you have to enable Unknown Sources to install an apk.

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V.T. Eric Layton

Pays to be ignorant sometimes, huh? Look what it did for Steve Ballmer. :yes:

 

Uh... just kidding, Steve (in case he reads here). :)

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Glad to hear it! Any OS is vulnerable if you don't set the settings to keep it safe.

Well luckily it is disabled by default and gives a warning when you enable it.

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