Android Ransomware up more than 50%
Locking users’ devices until they pay.
According to a recent report in the 1st half of 2016 Android ransomware attacks accelerated more than 50%.
With smartphones become the primary computing device for many people, they also become a greater risk for cyber attacks, as reported by ESET security community.
Ransomware is a form of malware that an attacker encrypts a person’s data and holds it hostage until they pay a monetary ransom. Ransomware has been an rapidly growing threat for some time now, with many new tools emerging to combat it.
The reason there is a large growth in Android ransomware is evident. As more users rely on their phone as a daily computing device, they are storing more sensitive data there, which can be more easily exploited for ransom, as the report states.
As the report goes on to say, the ability such as lockscreen ransomware and crypto-ransomware, typically used in desktop attacks, are being modified for Android users. “ESET researchers have also seen cybercriminals put more effort into keeping a low profile by encrypting and burying the malicious payload deeper into the infected apps,” the report also says.
The spread of Android ransomware, and malware affecting the mobile OS, is usually gained by pretending to be another application, such as a trending game to get the user to download it. Although, there have been more attacks seen coming through email, using social engineering to try and get users to click a link and download an infected app.
When the device is infected, the attacker can wipe the person’s device, send a message on their behalf, or perform a host of other malicious actions. Some versions of the ransomware even try to convince the user that their device was locked by government for illegal activity.
The US and Asia, seem to be where these attacks are growing more over.
Ransomware is a form of malware, so there are a few ways you can deal with it.
It’s important to make sure that the device’s settings are properly configured, especially those that manage app store downloads.
If the device is infected, you can boot in safe mode to remove the malware.
According to another report from, Kaspersky Lab, Android ransomware has gotten 4 times worse over the prior year. With a malware called. HummingBad infecting millions of devices.