Android ransomware encrypts files http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27703318
A security firm says it has found the first confirmed case of ransomware that encrypts files held by Android devices.
Eset reports that the Trojan – called Simplelocker – targets SD cards slotted into tablets and handsets, electronically scrambling certain types of files on them before demanding cash to decrypt the data.
The message is in Russian, and payment is requested in Ukrainian currency.
One expert said the threat was noteworthy, but limited at this stage.
Nevertheless, the malware is fully capable of encrypting the user’s files, which may be lost if the encryption key is not retrieved.
The Trojan encrypts files stored on an SD card installed in an Android device
“While the malware does contain functionality to decrypt the files, we strongly recommend against paying up – not only because that will only motivate other malware authors to continue these kinds of filthy operations, but also because there is no guarantee that the crook will keep their part of the deal and actually decrypt them.”
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