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Scary new 'ransomware' attacks Android gadgets

Scary new 'ransomware' attacks Android gadgets
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Ransomware doesn't seem like it'll ever go away. Remember CryptoLocker, or the even more devastating CryptoDefense?

Now, there's a new ransomware  going around that targets Android gadgets. Right now, "Koler" is looking for devices to infect, and it follows a familiar script.

It's known as a "policeware" or "police locker," and it takes over your Android and warns that you're under surveillance by federal agents. It says you're suspected of criminal activity - viewing illegal pornography, in this case. It demands a ransom of $300, paid via MoneyPak, to unlock your phone.

Koler malware

The malware doesn't get on your Android out of the blue. You have to enable it, by being fooled into installing a special "video player" app. The app isn't in Google Play Store, so you're safe if you don't have "Allow installation of apps from unknown sources" enabled in your security settings.

Next page: Find out what to do if Koler attacks your device
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