A new threat looms over new owners of mobile devices with Android installed. This time, it is a type of malware that is responsible for blocking access to your personal information then demand payment of a ransom if you want to regain control.
To do this, as reported from the security company ESET, ‘Simplocker Android’ (name given to themalware ) scans the SD card of the victim in order to locate certain files, such as images, PDF, music and documents other files, to just after block access to the content of the card using AES encryption.According to ESET, this is the first malware known to prevent mobile access to data mobile phones with Android installed to then demand payment of a ransom. If you are abreast of news about security and viruses, this tactic is more usually suffered by PC users, although in these cases the amount required is usually quite high. In this case, the virus creators are demanding payment of 260 Ukrainian hryvnias, which come to be around 16 euros. sooner have completed payment, we are supposed to return the control of our phone. The dangers involved in this type of malware is high, as it not only prevents us from accessing our data, but also sends private information of the phone like the IMEI number of the hackers . The malware , being based on the TOR network, greatly complicates the location of the creators of ‘Simplocker Android’.
By the time we should not worry too much, since it has not yet spread beyond the Ukrainian region. Yet it is always good to be informed if at any time be extended to other Play Stores. Of course, if you receive the virus under no circumstances have to pay the amount requested, however small, and that the only thing this would do is encourage other hackers to copy the art with the sole purpose of making money, what to extend this type of threat.