Capitalizing on a Canadian government announcement pertaining to the development of a nationwide, voluntary Covid-19 contact tracing app, malicious actors this month created a fake version of such an app that in reality infects Android users with mobile ransomware.

According to a new blog post from ESET, the ransomware, dubbed CryCryptor, was found being distributed by two websites that falsely claim to represent Health Canada. The real Bluetooth-based contact tracing app, called "COVID Alert," isn't even available yet, but reportedly may be tested in the province of Ontario next month.

“Clearly, the operation using CryCryptor was designed to piggyback on the official Covid-19 tracing app,” says blog post author and malware researcher Lukáš Štefanko in a company press release.

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