Android ransomware locks up devices, has additional features

Researchers with Fortinet have observed Android malware that locks up the mobile device, encrypts the SD card, presents a frightening FBI warning containing the user's picture and IP address, and requests $500 to unlock the device – however, the threat is more than just ransomware.

According to a Tuesday post, the malware – detected by Fortinet as Android/Locker.CB!tr – is capable of receiving a variety of commands.

The threat – which snaps pictures of victims using the mobile device's front facing camera – can send SMS messages to specified individuals and forward the device's contacts list to the attackers, as well as steal incoming SMS messages and forward those to the attackers.

Additionally, the malware can operate without lighting the screen or keyboard, the post said, explaining that the only symptom of infection may be a more quickly draining battery.

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