(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Android users beware, a security firm has detected the first ever ransomware for Android, specifically targeting Ukrainian users.
The software, called Simplelocker, uses AES encryption to block users from accessing their documents, images, PDFs, and files, BBC reports.
According to security firm ESET, if users want their information decrypted, they have to pay 260 Ukrainian hryvnias ($22 US) through the MoneXy transfer system.
Affected users received a message on their devices saying they were locked out because they viewed and distributed “child pornography, zoophilia and other perversion.”
“After payment your device will be unlocked within 24 hours. In case of no PAYMENT YOU WILL LOSE ALL DATA ON your device!,” says the message.
The security firm noted that the ransomware is hard to trace because it is located on Tor, a “hidden part” of the Internet.
“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,” advises security researcher Robert Lipovsky.
A similar attack such as this one recently occurred, but for iPhone users. Hackers remotely compromised Australian and US iPhones, demanding the user pay a ransom if they wanted access back into their devices.