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Android ransomware holds phones hostage over pornography claims

05/07, 6:55pm

Trojan.Koler.A disables phones until $300 fine paid to scammers

A new trojan targeting Android devices has been discovered that is holding phones hostage until a fine is paid. Ransomware, in this case the Trojan.Koler.A, accuses the device's owner of looking at illegal pornography and threatens action by authorities. The ransomware asks for a $300 fine to be paid via "untraceable payment mechanisms such as Paysafecard or uKash" according to Ars Technica's report.

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Go Daddy DNS compromised, some site visitors infected

11/23, 1:48pm

Hackers change domain details to infect ransomware

Hackers have altered DNS records of websites hosted by Go Daddy, with the aim of infecting visitors with ransomware. The attackers are adding subdomains to the DNS records, pointing to a malicious IP address under their control, allowing victims to believe they are going to the right website, and for the pages to avoid various security protection mechanisms. This attack comes two months after an alleged attack on the Go Daddy network.

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