crn5000-inc2015 BPTW logo
Contact us today!
(918) 770-8738
 
 

Integrated Business Technologies Blog

Integrated Business Technologies has been serving the Broken Arrow area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Would You Share Your Browser History? This Ransomware Will

Ransomware is a tricky piece of malware that locks down the precious files located on a victim’s computer, then (in theory) will return access to them when a ransom has been paid. Depending on the files stored on a victim’s computer, they might simply blow it off and not worry too much about losing access to a couple of pictures or videos--but what if this ransomware threatened to expose your web browsing history?

Would you pay money to keep your browsing history secret? This is the key point behind a new ransomware called LeakerLocker. LeakerLocker, an Android-exclusive variant of ransomware, attempts to extort money from its victims by threatening them with their mobile device’s browser history. It seems like a simple choice to make; $50 to keep your browsing history private. Other information claimed to be stolen includes photos, videos, Facebook messages, location history, and other sensitive information.

In essence, this ransomware uses the fear of embarrassment to get its victims to fork over some cash.

Discovered by researchers at McAfee, LeakerLocker doesn’t appear to actually encrypt any information found on the device, making it the exception to the typical ransomware variant. Instead, LeakerLocker claims that it has taken a backup of the data on the device, which it will then proceed to threaten the user with. Users have contracted this ransomware by downloading two apps on the Google Play Store, which have both been removed since: Wallpapers Blur HD and Booster & Cleaner Pro.

LeakerLocker asks for an incredible amount of permissions on your device, including the ability to read and send messages, manage calls, and access contacts. It then locks down the device and places a ransom message on the lock screen. Since users will grant LeakerLocker permissions at the time of downloading, it gains access to information which it uses to convince victims that they must pay the ransom. Whether or not is has stolen all of the information it claims to is another story altogether, but it’s been found that the ransomware can access information like email addresses, browser history, text messages, calling history, and even pictures from the camera.

As is the case with ordinary ransomware, it’s best to not pay the ransom. After all, any money that’s sent to hackers who have locked down your device is funding their next campaign--something that you don’t want on your conscience. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that you’ll even get your data back, so there is no reason to assume you can.

For more information on how to stay safe online, be it on a desktop or a mobile device, reach out to Integrated Business Technologies at (918) 770-8738. We can help your organization implement solutions that minimize the risk of running into malicious applications.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, 20 July 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Free Consultation

      Sign up today for a
      FREE Network Consultation

      How secure is your IT infrastructure?
      Let us evaluate it for free!

      Sign up Now!

      freeconsultation
       

      Tag Cloud

      Security Technology Tip of the Week Privacy Managed Service Provider Business Management Internet Cloud Microsoft Best Practices Business Computing Saving Money Productivity Workplace Tips IT Services Hackers Backup Hosted Solutions Mobile Devices Email Malware Software IT Support Business Small Business Hardware Network Data Communication Server Smartphones Upgrade Computer Business Continuity VoIP Google Windows Mobile Device Management Microsoft Office Disaster Recovery Virtualization Efficiency Miscellaneous Innovation Mobile Office Vendor Management Holiday Gadgets Social Media Outsourced IT BYOD Android Smartphone Data Backup Quick Tips Passwords User Tips Mobile Computing Tech Term Windows 10 Browser Internet of Things Managed IT services Network Security WiFi Bring Your Own Device Remote Monitoring The Internet of Things Best Practice Ransomware Spam Data Recovery Wireless Technology Alert Data Management Trending Operating System Apple Users Remote Computing Artificial Intelligence History Gmail Save Money Going Green Firewall Content Filtering Customer Relationship Management Unified Threat Management Managed IT Big Data Printer Tech Support Office Analytics IT Solutions Lithium-ion Battery Facebook Current Events IT Consultant Information Technology Encryption App Paperless Office Applications Employer-Employee Relationship Windows 8 Router Humor Two-factor Authentication Saving Time Avoiding Downtime Antivirus Document Management Maintenance Cloud Computing Hard Drives Outlook Chrome Health Business Growth VPN Risk Management Productivity Marketing Website Customer Service Excel Hacking Computers Managed IT Services Phone System Collaboration Apps Compliance Automation Application Cybersecurity Virus Office Tips Retail Phishing Bandwidth Fax Server IT service Digital Payment Mobile Device File Sharing PowerPoint Social Networking Wi-Fi Unified Communications Infrastructure Tablet Office 365 iPhone Password Inbound Marketing Administration Government Presentation Augmented Reality Project Management Budget Computer Repair Proactive IT Training Regulations Recovery Mouse Money Data Security Social User Error Net Neutrality Running Cable Licensing Co-Managed IT Wireless Data storage Cybercrime Save Time Wearable Technology Robot Hiring/Firing Printing Display Alerts End of Support LiFi Computing Statistics IT Support Vulnerability Scam Intranet Business Intelligence Blockchain Competition Network Congestion HIPAA Recycling Downtime Data loss eWaste Redundancy BDR Search Virtual Desktop USB Piracy Business Owner Internet Exlporer Sports Files Smart Technology Hacker Point of Sale Programming Mobile Security User IoT Mobility Company Culture Analyitcs Twitter Education Help Desk Safety Specifications Hosted Solution IBM Tip of the week Settings Flexibility Cost Management Utility Computing Software Tips Break Fix Memory communications High-Speed Internet Server Management Computing Infrastructure Laptop Sync Legislation Hacks Conferencing Healthcare Dark Web Documents Entrepreneur Development Adminstration Cooperation Halloween Disaster Resistance PC Care Mobile Device Managment Undo 3D Motherboard Value People Hard Drive Data Warehousing 5G PDF Cables eBay Patch Management Staff Scary Stories Virtual Reality IT Consulting Leadership Software as a Service Remote Support Modem Streaming Media Cache New Additions Microsoft Excel Monitors Skype Deep Learning Print Server Wires Text Messaging Operations SaaS Data Breach G Suite Technology Tips Domains Google Wallet Work Station Cookies Management Scheduling Congratulations Fun Writing LinkedIn Word Law Firm IT Video Surveillance Virtual Private Network Chromebook Technology Laws Travel Comparison Public Speaking Drones Windows 8.1 Update Nanotechnology Enterprise Resource Planning Permissions Cortana Social Engineering Best Available Buisness Identities IT Technicians Unified Threat Management Black Friday Backups Screen Reader Mobile Assessment Fraud Knowledge Environment CIO Solid State Drive Bluetooth Mirgation Telephony Access Control Identity Theft Cyber Monday Legal Online Currency Samsung Smart Tech Debate Managing Stress IT Management Experience Troubleshooting Heating/Cooling Alt Codes Computer Accessories Business Technology Storage SharePoint Macro Consumers Crowdfunding Connectivity Enterprise Content Management Network Management YouTube Typing Networking Migration Machine Learning Downloads Distributed Denial of Service IP Address Google Drive Vulnerabilities Windows 10 Hotspot How To Private Cloud Multi-Factor Security Refrigeration Cryptocurrency Disaster Gaming Console Touchscreen Chatbots Star Wars Managed IT Service Google Docs Geography Language Public Cloud Google Calendar Bitcoin Digital Signature Techology Identity

      Top Blog

      Basically, any machine that uses fans and vents to cool itself can overheat if airflow is restricted. If you have used a laptop on your lap for an extended session, then you know what we are talking about when the computer becomes hot to the touch. Every portable device is designed a little diffe...
      QR-Code