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PIN-changing, screen-locking Android ransomware


Help Net Security - (International) ESET researchers found a piece of ransomware that locks Android users out of their devices by changing the personal identification number (PIN) via masquerading as an app to view adult videos. Once users download and install the malicious app the LockerPin trojan prompts the user to install a patch for the app which unknowingly activates the Device Administrator privileges while appearing as an alleged message from the FBI asking the victim to pay a $500 fine to regain access to the device.


Note: This news synopsis is taken from the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, a daily [Monday through Friday, except US Federal holidays] summary of open-source published information concerning significant critical infrastructure issues; a 10-day archive of the DOSIR can be found at:

Last Updated: 27 May 2016 10:25:12