In 2016, a marked increase in the activity of virus-ransomware for Android

Despite assurances from Google that even the most serious vulnerabilities in the Android operating system do not cause harm to users in 2016, noted the high increase in the number of ransomware. Through malicious applications and websites the attackers block the screen of the device or encrypt personal data, requiring to pay for unlocking a certain amount. In addition, hackers have begun actively to develop their own methods of breaking dedicated to Android users. According to ESET LiveGrid, in 2016 the number of Android ransomware has grown by 50% in comparison with 2015. The greatest increase in activity was observed in the first half of last year.


The most popular way of extortion last year was the lock screen. When you download an infected application or website a mobile device’s screen is locked and displays a notification with the requirement to pay a certain amount to unlock the device. ESET experts note that cybercriminals have begun more skillfully and deeply to hide the viruses inside the apps, so they’re harder to identify. The most active mobile ransomware marked in the markets of Eastern Europe, USA and Asia.

We remind you – not to become a victim of fraud, do not download applications from untrusted sources and do not open links and files sent from unknown numbers, and email addresses.


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