Most ransomware criminals demand their victims send cryptocurrency payments, typically in Bitcoin or the harder-to-trace Monero. A new strain of mobile ransomware targeting Android devices prefers good old credit cards. GettyIt was already a dastardly piece of malware, enslaving Android devices into a botnet and delivering additional malicious payloads to the phones and tablets it infected. Victims are told that the reason their files have been encrypted is because they’ve been caught perusing illegal pornographic websites. Then Lucy tells them they’ve been slapped with a $500 “fine.” Victims have three days to pay it at which point the amount triples. Like many Android threats Black Rose Lucy can’t infect a device without a good deal of help from the user. If an app starts leading you down unfamiliar paths like enabling untrusted sources or accessibility features, stop what you’re doing immediately. Lee started writing about software, hardware, and geek culture around the time that the Red Wings last won the Stanley Cup. Read MoreLee started writing about software, hardware, and geek culture around the time that the Red Wings last won the Stanley Cup. When he's not catching up on tech news or blogging about it, you can find him watching or playing baseball and doing his part to ensure the next generation of geeks is raised properly.
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