Virus on Android phones locks files, demands money for password
Just before the buzz from the iOS hacking saga — where a hacker locked people’s iPhones remotely and demanded for money — could die down, another dilemma has started playing out at Google’s Android.
According to The Guardian, users in Ukrain were prompted to pay the sum of 260 Ukrainian Hryvnias (about $17.70 USD) when they tried to gain access to some files they stored on their phone’s microSD card.
The files were locked using AER encryption so the hacker wants users to pay him/her/they/it some money before they can get an unlock code for their files which has been locked by a viral virus called Simplocker.
This is not the first time someone is beating Google’s watchdogs to demand money from Android users. Last month, malware called Koler demanded $300 from users as fine for watching pornography after they’ve downloaded a particular app.