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Researchers spot first ever Android ransom attack that ENCRYPTS data files

John E Dunn | June 6, 2014
Researchers working for security firm ESET have discovered the first ever malware capable of encrypting data files on an Android smartphone as part of a full-blown 'Cryptolocker-style' ransom attack.

The good news is that Android smartphone and tablet users have more defence against such attacks as long as they back up their files to Google's cloud. That would allow them simply to reset their phone and reinstate their files. It doesn't appear that Simplocker goes after the cloud storage although that backup could become a target in future.

 

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