Android users who’ve watched porn will be VERY worried by this new alert

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Android users who’ve watched porn will be VERY worried by this new alert 1

There’s a fresh Android warning and it will have anyone who has ever viewed pornographic material on their devices feeling very concerned. The new attack, which was spotted by the team at Check Point, targets devices and installs nasty ransomware which claims the owner of the device is in possession of pornographic content.

Clearly, those who use their devices to view adult websites will be more likely to believe the message is genuine. Fortunately, regardless of what you do with your Android phone or tablet in the privacy of your own home, researchers have confirmed the message is simply an elaborate scam being employed by cyber crooks to exploit Android owners into paying ransom money.

The new attack employs an Android malware known as Black Rose Lucy, which was first discovered back in 2018. When downloaded, this crooked software encrypts files on the infected device and then displays a ransom note in the web browser that claims to be an official message from the FBI.

The ransom note accuses the victim of possessing pornographic content on their device, stating that personal details have been uploaded to the FBI Cyber Crime Department’s Data Centre, accompanied by a list of legal offences that the user is accused of committing.

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To make the situation go away, the victim is instructed to pay a $ 500 USD (roughly £400 converted) “fine” via credit card.

This is a change in tactic as many recent scams have asked for payments to be made via Bitcoin but scammers may think credit cards appear more convincing.

Check Point researchers say they have collected 80 samples of the new Black Rose Lucy variant with it exploiting an Achilles Heel in Android defences to slip inside Android devices.

Explaining more, Check Point Manager of Mobile Research Aviran Hazum said: “We are seeing an evolution in mobile ransomware: it’s becoming more sophisticated and efficient. Threat actors are learning fast, drawing from their experience of past campaigns, and the impersonation of a message from the FBI is a clear scare tactic.


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