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Researchers at ESET have uncovered what is thought to be the first piece of ransomware aimed at Android. The file-encryption malware scans a users handset / tablet try to find files to encrypt. The main files being targeted are image files, pdf’s, .txt, .doc files and music files.

Once the files are encrypted a message appears on the device demanding payment to unlock the files in Russian. The message also accuses the users of having viewed child pornography and other “perversions”.

The malware keeps in contact with a server thats sends status updates to the program. Only when the payment is made does the malware release the files.

If you would like to read more on this the following ESET article contains more information.

 

 

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