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Malware takes even more sinister turn

Tuesday, July 22 14:22:53

Security researchers have uncovered a new, even more sinister and dangerous version of Simplocker - the Android file-encrypting ransomware that was discovered a month ago by ESET.

This time the fraudsters are using the FBI's name to scare people into paying extortion money.

The new version of the file-encrypting malware, detected by ESET as Android/Simplocker.I contains some notable "improvements".

This time it displays the ransom note in English - the previous version was targeting mainly Ukraine and Russia and also asks for a higher ransom, USD300 to be exact.

In comparison to the previous version, it also encrypts a wider range of file types and is more difficult to uninstall from devices.

"The victim is led to believe that the device was blocked by the FBI after detecting illegal activity, typical behaviour of police ransomware that we've seen many times before. The demanded ransom is now $300 US and the victim is instructed to pay it by a MoneyPak voucher. Like other previous Android/Simplocker variants, this one also uses the scareware tactic of displaying the camera feed from the device," ESET said.

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