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New Android Ransomware Communicates over XMPP



A new strain of Android ransomware disguised as a video player app uses a means of communication unseen in other similar malware.

Most of the victims are in the United States and the mobile crypto-ransomware scam seems to be profitable according to researchers at Check Point Software Technologies, who said that tens of thousands of devices could be infected and to date about 10 percent of the victims have paid up ransoms between $200 and $500. Check Point concedes its dataset is incomplete and it’s likely that more devices are infected and the hackers have pocketed more than the $200,000 to $500,000 estimates.

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