Android Ransomware Targets Russian Language Users

This new variant, discovered by Zscaler, appears to target Russian speaking Android owners. It’s a cloned version of popular apps that is uploaded to 3rd party app stores. It waits 4 hours before kicking off a bunch of popup screens and finally holding the phone for ransom.  While the ransom demand is low at about $8-$10 (500 Russian rubles), it’s still a good lesson to only download apps from legit stores.

 

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