Your Private messages and pictures may be sent to your phone contacts , Another ransomware attack is targeting Android users, and this time the stakes are higher than just losing important data. Rather than encrypting data and demanding a ransom to unlock it, the new LeakerLocker threatens to send photos and messages as well as your Web browser history from your phone to people in your contact list unless victims pay up. The potential for embarrassment and is enormous, and of course people store all kinds of private information on their phones. The malware has spread through two malicious apps in the Google Play store which have collectively been downloaded up to 15,000 times.
”In less than 72 hours this data will be sent to every person from your telephone and email contacts list. To abort this action you have to pay a modest RANSOM of $50”
Two particular Google Play applications have been – so far – discovered to spread the ransomware. ‘Wallpapers Blur HD’, an app that has been downloaded between 5,000 and 10,000 times is one. The second, ‘Booster & Cleaner Pro’ has been downloaded between 1,000 and 5,000 times but has a much higher rating at 4.5 compared to Wallpapers Blur’s 3.6, giving it further false credibility among unsuspecting users.
Digging further, researchers discovered that the malware does not read or leak all the private data it claims to have access to. However, the ransomware is able to access the victim’s email address, Chrome history, random messages and calls, a picture from the camera roll and other device information.
In the event of a successful payment (extortion), a screen message reads “your personal data has been deleted from our servers and your privacy is secured.”
Both apps have been reported to Google and can no longer be found on the Android platform’s Play Store.