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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 23:13
CERT warns local smartphone users
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Sri Lanka CERT says ransomware attacks can target locally used Android smartphones as well.

They urge the public to be vigilant of this threat.

The Android ransomware, dubbed DoubleLocker, can lock down a victim’s phone by changing the device’s PIN and encrypting all the data stored in the device.

This makes it nearly impossible for victims to access their data without paying a ransom.

According to researchers, the ransomware is distributed via a fake Adobe Flash Player apps spread using compromised websites.

The ransomware asks the victim to grant administrative permissions, which it then uses to activate the device’s admin rights and set itself as the default home application.

Whenever the user taps the home button, the ransomware gets activated and the device gets locked again but the user is unaware of the fact that they launch malware every time they hit the button.

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