Saturday, January 16, 2021

To scare people better, Android ransomware gets a snazzy UI

Hackers are like other coders: They want to built better software, even if it’s a program that merely aims to extract a ransom from a hapless Android user.

Symantec said it has seen a new version of the Porn Droid ransomware that uses Google’s custom-built design language, Material Design, to create more intimidating warnings.

Discovered last year, Porn Droid purports to be an adult content viewer. If installed, it locks a device and warns that users have viewed illicit pornography and demands a ransom. The app has been seen on third-party Android application marketplaces or forums for pirated software.

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