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Dangerous phone virus spreads through text messages

Dangerous phone virus spreads through text messages
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This dangerous new malware locks down your phone and holds it hostage unless you pay the hackers a hefty fee. Even worse, it can arrive on a text message from family or friends. Luckily, outsmarting hackers isn't as hard as it looks.

You may remember the Koler ransomware that targeted Android devices from my past coverage of the virus. Well, it must have been successful for the hacker team that created it because they just rereleased version 2.0. This one's even more dangerous.

If you downloaded the original version of the Koler ransomware, it would simply lock your phone and show you this screen:

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ATTENTION! Your phone has been blocked up for safety reasons listed below. All the actions performed on this phone are fixed. All your files are encrypted. CONDUCTED AUDIO AND VIDEO.

The only way to get your data back would be to pay the hackers their ransom. If someone is infected with the new version, they immediately send a message written by the hackers to all of their friends.

Next page: Find out what the message says on the next page.
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