Monday, 12 January 2015

Porndroid - Android Ransomware Locks 180,000 Android Devices

A form of ransomware that focuses on Android devices and is distributed through fake porn sites has locked least 180,000 Android devices, claims a researcher. Porndroid such as ransomware is called, occurs when users need to install video player to pornographic content visit. Through various Traffic Distribution Systems (TDS), and especially malicious ads, mobile Internet users are redirected to porn sites.

According to researcher JuK of the blog Malware Do not Need Coffee is about 500,000 visitors each day who find themselves in this way on the fake porn sites. The websites instantly show a message that a "porn player" must be installed to view the porn video. However, it is a malicious app that asks, among other administrative privileges. Once installed, the malware is active and locks the device.

The ransomware locks the device with a so-called warning from the FBI stating that the user has committed a crime prohibited by visiting porn sites. The warning will be displayed as evidence four child pornography images and a photo of the user. This picture was taken secretly through the camera on the phone. To unlock the device should be a fine of $ 500 to be paid. Most victims of Porndroid-ransomware are located in the United States, says JuK.

Only in December were locked between 180,000 and 240,000 Android devices. Average hit every day 7,000 devices infected by the ransomware and between 0.4% and 1% of users pay the ransom. Together would have yielded the ransomware in December alone $ 500,000, says the researcher. The reason there is spoken in his little about Porndroid because the victims are ashamed.

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