There is a Coronavirus application for Android that tracks the spread of this pandemic worldwide. Although it seems very useful, there is a big problem. Hides very dangerous ransomware. Entitled CovidLock, the application locks your smartphone before requiring a ransom in bitcoins.
Coronavirus application for Android hides a secret!
Tarik Saleh, computer security researcher at DomainTools, says that this app hides a very dangerous threat. Fortunately, it’s not available on the Google Play Store. Thus, CovidLock is only available for download on the coronavirusapp website.
Once installed on users' smartphones, the ransomware quickly locks the device. Note that this ransomware can only install itself on smartphones that do not have a password set to lock the screen. So, if you don't have any, CovidLock will create one to prevent access to your device.
As I mentioned, if you already have a pin or a password set then you will not be in danger. Is that the app will not be able to define anything. So, for security, you should quickly choose a password.
As soon as the smartphone is blocked, the attackers give 24 hours to deposit around 100 Euros in bitcoins at their own address. In exchange for the ransom, they agree not to delete their data (photos, videos, …) and not to divulge private content on social networks. After receiving the ransom, the hackers promise to provide a code to unlock the device. “We are going to track your GPS location and your position. If you try something stupid, your smartphone will be automatically deleted ”warn the attackers.
“Criminals like to exploit people when they are most vulnerable. That said, they use dramatic events that cause people to be emotional or afraid. So whenever there are big news cycles about a particular topic that provokes a strong reaction, criminals will try to take advantage of them, explains Tarik Saleh. Therefore, you should be very careful on unofficial websites linked to the pandemic. Likewise, we recommend that you never download APKs from unknown sources. Finally, don't hesitate to install an antivirus on your Android smartphone.