Hackers Blackmailing Android Phone Users

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 23, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    NYT: You are guilty of child porn, child abuse, zoophilia or sending out bulk spam. You are a criminal. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has locked you out of your phone and the only way to regain access to all your data is to pay a few hundred dollars.

    That message — or variations of it — has popped up on hundreds of thousands of people’s Android devices in just the last month. The message claims to be from the F.B.I., or cybersecurity firms, but is in fact the work of Eastern European hackers who are hijacking Android devices with a particularly pernicious form of malware, dubbed “ransomware” because it holds its victims’ devices hostage until they pay a ransom.

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/android-phones-hit-by-ransomware/
  • somedaytoo

    Posts: 704

    Aug 24, 2014 12:20 AM GMT
    Another reason why I use Windows Phone.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 24, 2014 3:50 AM GMT
    somedaytoo saidAnother reason why I use Windows Phone.


    you DO realize the irony in that statement, right? Give it a year or so, its still a young platform
  • jwinds

    Posts: 2

    Aug 24, 2014 6:51 AM GMT
    Wow! I had no idea yhis was going on.thanks for the warning.
  • Aleco_Graves

    Posts: 708

    Aug 24, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
    Glad i stuck to my "shitty" Iphone icon_lol.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 24, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
    Considering all you have to do is reset your phone, problem solved.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 24, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
    Just don't download apps from unknown Chinese or Russian developers. That's where all the malware comes from these days.

    When you install an app, you get a message that shows which permissions the app is asking for. If you're installing a stupid wallpaper app and it's asking for full access to your contacts, SD card, phone number.. you should probably not continue with the installation. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 25, 2014 11:48 AM GMT
    I get these kinds of phone calls and messages.

    I ignore them.

    If the FBI was really serious, and I was really doing something wrong, they would find me and make me do the perp walk.

    I don't get "social engineered" often. Usually it's more of a story/post that gets mythbusted than a "click on this" or "call this number" kind of thing.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 02, 2014 11:54 PM GMT
    I had something very similar to this happen to me this morning, and posted about it in another thread I started. Except it hit my iMac desktop running OS X with a separate virus protection program, it's wasn't my phone. Fortunately I was able to break their lock on my computer myself, which had the browser totally frozen.

    But now I'm concerned it could happen again, not sure how to prevent against it. Normally I get a warning message that a site is suspect and potentially dangerous, won't allow me to go there unless I choose to continue. I never do, always cancel and return to where I previously was. Apparently my security software didn't detect the problem, or these hackers were able to override it.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3902052
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 03, 2014 12:38 AM GMT
    xrichx saidJust don't download apps from unknown Chinese or Russian developers. That's where all the malware comes from these days.

    When you install an app, you get a message that shows which permissions the app is asking for. If you're installing a stupid wallpaper app and it's asking for full access to your contacts, SD card, phone number.. you should probably not continue with the installation. icon_rolleyes.gif


    You got it it.