Android Apps Security Alert: bait & switch malware demanding ransoms
Apr 12, 2016 1:41 PM –
Scummy cyber-crooks have unleashed a new type of malware for Android devices into the wild so beware!!! They’re imploring bait & switch ransomware trying to force unsuspecting victims to pay a fee to unlock their compromised devices. About 80% of the cases Trend Micro found derived from Russian, but included 11 countries in nearly 3,400 malware cases detected.
The malware is initially distributed via spammed text messages with links to fake adult video sites. The user is prompted to download what they perceive as a video but it actually is an APK app file. The last damaging step is when users installs and activates the ransomware with admin permissions. At this point it’s too late, exiting the app will only pop up a warning window with threats as if from law enforcement in Russian language. As a scare tactic the app will snap a photo with the front facing camera of the user in hopes to receive their monetary demand to unlock the device. Be vigilant on the apps you install as there are many red flags with this malware which can be averted.
To protect users against these and other similar threats, Trend Micro experts recommend:
- Stick to trusted app stores when downloading applications
- Be wary of suspicious links sent through SMS, IM or email
- Do not allow admin permissions on app when it is not necessary
- Periodically back up mobile data
Via Trend Micro