Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - May 08, 2014

by: Carol~ May 8, 2014 6:45 AM PDT

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NEWS - May 08, 2014

by Carol~ Moderator - 5/8/14 6:45 AM

Your Android phone viewed illegal porn. To unlock it, pay a $300 fine

"To stoke maximum fear, ransomware geolocates users, targets them by country."

Researchers have uncovered Android-based malware that disables infected handsets until end users pay a hefty cash payment to settle trumped-up criminal charges involving the viewing of illegal pornography.

To stoke maximum fear, Android-Trojan.Koler.A uses geolocation functions to tailor the warnings to whatever country a victim happens to reside in. The screenshot to the right invoking the FBI, for instance, is the notice that's displayed on infected phones connecting from a US-based IP address. People in Romania and other countries will see slightly different warnings. The malware prevents users from accessing the home screen of their phones, making it impossible to use most other apps installed on the phone. The normal phone functions in some cases can be restored only when the user pays a "fine" of about $300, using untraceable payment mechanisms such as Paysafecard or uKash.

Continued : http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/05/your-android-phone-viewed-illegal-porn-to-unlock-it-pay-a-300-fine/

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