The latest variant of a sophisticated Android ransomware, called MalLocker, locks up mobiles – surfacing its ransom note whenever a user hits the Home button.
The malware also flaunts a unique machine-learning module. According to the latest research from Microsoft, MalLocker is spreading via malicious website downloads, disguised as popular apps, cracked games, or video players, usually peddled in online forums, as it always has.
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Android ransomware varies from its existing desktop counterparts that block access to the device with overlay screens, including ransom notes that prevent users from taking any action – it doesn’t actually encrypt anything as such.