An Android ransomware called Simplocker has been creating havoc in Ukraine, according to security experts ESET. This malware essentially encrypts all the data on an Android device and then demands you to pay ransom to unlock your device. Also Read - Coronavirus Tracker app on Android is a malicious ransomware; security researchers explain how to unlock affected devicesAlso Read - Researchers find an Android Ransomware using SMS spam to infect smartphones
ESET mentions that this malware first scans all the data stored on a device s memory card and then encrypts all of them using AES encryption method. It then asks the victim to pay up 260 Ukrainian Hryvnia ($22 approximately) as ransom via MoneXy transfer service. Also Read - Maharashtra was attacked the most with ransomware attacks in the month of June 2018: eScan thread report
The malware shares the victim s device details on a network called Tor, which is infamous for sending communications via a number of different servers and thus making it extremely difficult to track users. There is however no need for people to worry as of now, as the malware is only restricted to Ukraine.
This is not the first time we are hearing of cyber criminal demanding ransom. Last week, reports surfaced online about a group of hackers in Australia were hacking into iPhones using the Find my iPhone tool and then demanding $50 via PayPal as ransom.