Security researchers have discovered nasty new Android malware that’s purpose-built for blackmail. It’s called RedDrop, and it’s a bit nastier than run-of-the-mill ransomware. RedDrop wants your files, but not the way that most of today’s malware does. It’s not out to encrypt your files and force you to fork over a payment in order to unlock them. Instead, RedDrop wants to steal all the information it can from your phone… just in case, there’s something juicy in there that its creators can use against you. Researchers at U.K.-based Wandera say that RedDrop targets sensitive data like your contacts and photos. It also gathers information about your phone, from the apps you have installed to the WiFi networks you’re near. The most frightening thing about RedDrop, however, is that it can hijack your phone’s microphone.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: Forbes