Being attacked online by hackers has unfortunately been a part of our internet dependent lives. Nowadays, a new kind of virus is out there and it threatens web users to share their personal online browsing history with their friends and family. In order to stop the hackers from taking these actions against their privacy, the users need to pay a ransom.
This threat has been uncovered in the Google Play Store and it has been named LeakerLocker. The virus threatens to expose your SNS messages and history, Chrome web history, SMS text history and other info available to all the contacts you have in your email address and your phone.
How much do these hackers demand?
Their fee to keep this information from going public is of 50 $. According to LeakerLoker, they already posses huge amounts of information taken from smartphones such as Facebook messages, phone call history, emails, contacts, numbers, location, SMS messages, and even photos and videos.
How is this new software different from others in the past?
The new virus, LeakerLocker does not encrypt all your important data and threaten to destroy it. What they do is play with your potential embarrassment. Their premise is that everyone has something embarrassing to hide, especially from family and some friends.
Which applications carry the threat?
So far, McAfee researchers have discovered two apps from Google Store who can carry this virus: Wallpapers Blur HD and Booster & Cleaner Pro. So far, Wallpapers Blur HD app has been downloaded between 5,000-10,000 times, while the Booster & Cleaner Pro app has been downloaded between 1,00-5,000 times.
It has also been reported that some of the reviews concerning these two apps might have been forgotten by the ransomware scheme.