Well, those days are gone where hackers used to write their own scripts to gain access to the computers. Recently, Dinesh Venkateshan from Symantec had spotted an Android application that can create a fully functional Android ransomware.
This Free Android App Is Helping Hackers Create Ransomware Without Coding
The tech giant Google’s mobile platform, of course, Android is the most widely used operating system, and perhaps for that reason the most exploited in computing security.
Well, Ransomware attacks are on the rise, cyber criminals are making millions of dollars by trapping as many people as they can. Recently, we have seen the huge ransomware attacks like WannaCry, NotPetya that had made headlines.
Well, those days are gone where hackers used to write their own scripts to gain access to the computers. Nowadays, there are several free Trojan Development Kits available on the web that can create ransomware/malware in no-time.
Recently, Dinesh Venkateshan from Symantec had spotted an Android application that can create a fully functional Android ransomware. Well, the app is available on several hacking forums and Chinese social networking services. The entire process of creating a functional ransomware is automated with the help of Device-Aided Malware Engineer tool.
According to reports from ZDNet, the app provides users an easy-to-use interface. The app has different functions like:
- The key to be used to unlock that infected device
- The icon to be used by their malware
- Custom mathematical operations to randomize the code
- Type of animation to be displayed on the infected device
- Message to be displayed on the locked screen of infected device
Well, the app is free to download. However, when the hacker tries to hit the “create” button, he/she have to make a one-time payment. After the payment, the hacker can create as many ransomware they want.
According to the reports from Symantec, “The malware created using this automation process follows the typical Lockdroid behavior of locking the device’s screen with a SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW and displaying a text field for the victim to enter the unlock code.”
Symantec also listed some of the security measures to avoid these kinds of ransomware. These measures include- regular software updates, creating a backup, think before giving permissions to any app, installing a proper security app, and download apps from Play Store only.
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