Worrying trend: Ransomware Targets Android!

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Last year the number of Android users infected by ransomware increased a lot. The criminals are looking outside the PC world to find new potential victims.

The mobile phones & pads becomes a common target for cybercrime.

Compared to last year, four times more users has been attacked by mobile ransomware this year. malicious programs make your device a hostage, according to security company Kaspersky Lab that examined the phenomenon. This is an alarming trend.

Ransomware has mostly affected PC users by encrypting all information inside the affected machines. Then the information on the victims device is held hostage and will then be exchanged for cash.

Examples of the victims so far have been hospitals, schools and even police departments. Now these perpetrators has become more and more focused on smartphones and tablets / pads. Kaspersky has investigated its own customers, who use Android devices – and between April 2015 and March this year 136,532 users suffered a mobile version of ransomware.

There is a substantial increase compared with the same period a year earlier when the figure was 35,423. The biggest ransomware family that Kaspersky discovered is called fusob and it accounts for 56 percent of all attacks. Those affected downloaded the malicious code when they visited pornographic sites, where fusob masked inside multimedia files.

Most victims was located in Germany. Several security experts confirmed that the cell phones and pads has become an increasingly common target for cyber criminals. Most security experts believes that ransomware will continue to evolve and increasingly target Android-based devices.

The only way to protect your pc, laptop, smartphone and tablet / pad is to invest a little money to safeguard your files or go offline. The last option may not be very tempting.  We have some options you should take a closer look at.  Ordinary antivirus software will not protect dour device against ransomware.

Stay safe, remember to use updated antivirus software to fight cyber criminals and ransomeware.