Threatpost: The CryptoLocker ransomware has been wreaking havoc on desktops for months now, demanding that victims pay hundreds of dollars in exchange for the key to decrypt their locked hard drives. Now the malware is expanding its scope, adding the Android platform to its targets.
The new mobile version of the malware is being sold by the same group responsible for the Reveton ransomware, which has been circulating for more than two years. The goal of all ransomware variants is to extort money from victims in one way or another. In some cases, including Reveton, the attackers use fake warnings from the FBI or other law enforcement agencies telling the victim that he has been found to have visited illegal sites containing child pornography and must pay a fine.