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.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
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!


      Tag Cloud

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

      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...