This Android Malware Might Lock You Out of Your Phone

During the lockdown because of the fact that people are not really going to work and don’t really have all that much to do there are a lot of things that are being done in the world of cyber security and by this we mean that malware and ransomware attacks have started to become more prominent than ever before turning into a real issue that you would definitely be struggling to deal with in a really big way all in all.

When you think about the various ways in which you might be susceptible to malware, you might think that there is a hard limit to the kind of damage your average malware can often end up doing but the fact of the matter is that there is actually some malware out there that might just end up locking you out of your phone, and according to Checkpoint researchers, these days a malware that has been making the rounds since 2018 by the name of Black Rose Lucy is starting to become a lot more prominent because of the fact that it is locking people out of their phones and asking them to pay a ransom if they want to be let back in.

The way that this Android malware spreads is that you might get a video link over a social messaging app, a link that would seem legitimate at least at first. However, when you click on this link, while you may very well be directed to a video that would seem quite legitimate, there is also the fact that you would be shown a pop up that would ask if you want to turn on some kind of a streaming optimizer that would make the kind of streaming you are doing easier and more efficient.
"Check Point researchers have discovered more than 80 samples that were distributed mainly via social media links and IM apps associated with this new active Lucy variant in the wild."
This is what you should avoid interacting with because of the fact that this is the very thing that will install the malware onto your phone after which you would be stuck in a situation that you really would not want to be dealing with at any given point in time given the kinds of implications it might have.

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