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Android 7.0 beefs up ‘ransomware’ protection

07
Jul
2016
Android 7.0 beefs up ‘ransomware’ protection

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The next release of Android’s operating system, code-named Nougat, will prevent malware from locking users’ screens, a Symantec researcher wrote on a corporate blog.

Ransomware, a type of application that extorts victims by locking up data or devices, often works by resetting cellphone passwords. Users are then forced to pay for the new password to regain access to their phones.

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