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Forensic Science & Addiction Research

Ransomware on Android devices

Submission: February 09, 2018; Published: February 16, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/FSAR.2018.02.000540

ISSN: 2578-0042
Volume2 Issue3


Ransomware is a form of malicious code or malware that infects a computer and spreads rapidly to encrypt the data or to lock the device. This malware makes the data inaccessible to the users and the attackers demand payment from the user in order to decrypt and make files accessible to the user. The payment is often requested in Bitcoin or other untraceable currency. Individuals both at work and at home are at risk of these and similar attacks by hackers. Ransomware is expected to expand more as a common threat and profitable business for attackers in future. Recent events show a huge rise in Android-based mobile ransomware attacks. Ransomware viruses now exploit using the names of authorities including the FBI, USA Cyber Crime Investigation agency, and The ICE Cyber Crime Center. These locker type of ransomware make fake claims by portraying themselves as these agencies and then, warns the device users to pay some amount of money as fine for violation of law.

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