Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer. Your smartphone is your enemy and your friend is your mind, criminals are using techniques to steal your data or money, and one of the famous one is the Cryptolocker scheme that will take your money if you want your data back. Now a lot of companies and private users have witnessed the damage that the Cryptolocker virus can bring — now wait till you see what the new scheme will be all about.
Cryptolocker works in such a way that it encrypts your files with a password, and the only way you can access those files is with the correct encryption password, the criminals will provide you this password, but it will cost you a lot of money, so think about all your pictures and documents that you have saved on your smartphone, think about the contacts and maybe some ‘spicy’ pictures?
Well, i strongly believe that the next step with Cryptolocker or any similar virus will be that they will target the smartphone market with this type of attack, the hackers will encrypt the smartphone with a password so it will be locked from the genuine user, the only way that the user can access his smartphone again is by paying a certain amount of money.
The next fase of the Smartphone Cryptolocker would be that it would spread via WiFi networks which the smartphone connects to, it would also be able to spread via computers.
You can imagine that it is a fking disaster if this kind of malware would target smartphone devices, so it is wise to think about how you can protect yourself against these kind of malware. The first step, is to be aware of malware and that it can target your smartphone. If you are aware of these kind of threats then you already have achieved 50% security.
- Use an anti-virus program
- Research the application that you would like to use
- Make back-up of your files
If you have more tips or have experienced a similar attack, then let us know!