LeakerLocker Android Ransomware Threatens to Leak Your Personal Information to Your Contacts

LeakerLocker Android Ransomware Threatens to Leak Your Personal Information to Your Contacts

It seems as though Google’s Android platform is facing its worst time yet as far as malware infestations go. After two malware-related reports in the past week – CopyCat and SpyDealer – there are now reports of another malware, called LeakerLocker, that has the potential to send your personal pictures, messages and browser history to your friends. What’s more, this malware is also reportedly a ransomware that does not encrypt files.

Popular security technology company, McAfee has discovered that the LeakerLocker ransomware can be accidentally downloaded from the Google Play. As of now, It has noted two apps in particular, Wallpapers Blur HD and Booster & Cleaner Pro, that seem to carry the malware. Notably, the ransomware steals the information, creates an unauthorised backup, but does not encrypt them. Instead, it demands “a modest ransom,” failing which the attacker would leak the victim’s private data to their contacts.

McAfee has reported the ransomware to Google. One of the apps, Wallpapers Blur HD, has been downloaded between 5,000 and 10,000 times, and one user has pointed out that the wallpaper app strangely requests permissions such as calls, reading and sending SMS, access to contacts, among other things. The second malicious app, Booster & Cleaner Pro is an easier target as this is the sort of app that requires access to almost everything in your phone to function properly, which users may unwittingly give permission to.

LeakerLocker is the third in a series of malware-related reports this past week. On Monday, it was reported that an Android malware, named SpyDealer, had the ability to steal a user’s personal data from over 40 popular apps that include Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram and more. This comes following another report last week of a CopyCat malware that had reportedly affected over 14 million Android devices last year. These cases have started to paint a pretty gloomy picture about the safety of Android OS, but at least we know that Google is taking some active anti-malware measures to help out its users.

For Android users who feel recent malware-related reports are getting too much for Google’s own good, there may a bit of relief in knowing that the tech giant has been reported to be working on an Android ‘panic button’ that would help users exit a potentially malicious app and back to the home screen. There’s no word on when Google will release this feature, but when last reported, it was being tested on Android 7.1 Nougat. It may not be much, but at least we know Google is taking some active measures to fight off compromised apps.


Manchester bombing: Why the ‘New York Times’ should not be blamed for printing leaked information

Manchester bombing: Why the ‘New York Times’ should not be blamed for printing leaked information

An editor’s first instinct is always to publish. And the news executives at the New York Times would not have had to think too long and hard about the ethical issues when images from the investigation into the Manchester bombing landed on their desks.

It would have been a very different matter had the leak been to a paper in Manchester or London, where the shock of what happened is palpable and the sense of hurt and harm is very close to home – even among journalists hardened to atrocities such as this. But even here, the imperative to publish would have been strong, and the images have been carried by the British press.

Once, it may have been possible to contain a leak of this nature. But in today’s news environment – where traditional news organisations are competing with new media players – it is no longer feasible for the authorities to appeal to the “better nature” of journalists in the interests of “the public good”.

Editors will be conscious of appeals to stay their hand in matters of national security – but within the boundaries of sovereign nations. Making an appeal of this nature to a publication in a different jurisdiction – and one like the United States where press freedom is enshrined in the constitution – is much more difficult.

Stopping the spill

Once a leak has happened, it is impossible to contain the spill. If the New York Times had not published, someone else would have. And they may have done it in a way that was more disrespectful to the bereaved and injured; and in a manner that sensationalised the material.

In a free society, leaks will always be one of the sources news organisations rely on for their stories. Gone are the days when a chancellor of the exchequer would feel impelled to resign because he had mentioned an item in the budget to a journalist when he was on his way to deliver it, as Hugh Dalton did in 1947.

Indeed, leaks now have a special status of their own in the news agenda – leaks by the likes of Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden had a greater impact on the news agenda than the work of many a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Legitimate source

From the editor’s perspective, of primary importance will be the need to be assured that the material is from a legitimate source. In this case – where the information appears to have come from official intelligence sources – the New York Times will have been easily satisfied about the veracity of the material.

The motivation for the leak will also have been taken into consideration. Journalists know that sometimes they are being used. In this case, the motivation is still unclear. And on the face of it, it looks like the material was being shared just because it could be. Even if, as an editor, you know you are being played as part of a bigger game, you might well decide to go to press in any case if the information is clearly in the public interest.

Far removed from the scene of this particular crime, the New York Times will have been less concerned about the impact its story will have had on those who are suffering after this atrocity. A British editor would have almost certainly have considered the issues about intrusion on grief, which is covered by the IPSO editor’s code.

They will certainly have been swayed by concern over the impact on the investigation. But they would also be conscious that if the material is out there someone will use it.

Only those close to the victims will be able to say whether this adds to their sense of loss or not. In many cases, families want to know everything they can – sometimes it is a way of sharing the pain of the loved one they have lost. A vacuum is often worse.

Public interest

In terms of the public interest – this is undoubtedly one of those cases where the need to know is not driven by prurience or the desire for salacious gossip. The importance of the story is perhaps less in what it says about the bomber and his crime, but more about the fitness of international intelligence agencies to meet the threat of terrorism.

It also tells us much about the relationship between Britain and America – particularly as the leak came after home secretary Amber Rudd’s blunt warning over the leaking of the bomber’s name.

And it reveals a dysfunctional relationship between those charged – on both sides of the Atlantic – with keeping us safe and secure. In bringing that to public light, the New York Times may well have done us all a service. This is a faultline in the fight against terror that needs to be fixed.

The ethical dilemma here rests not with the press, but with the people who decided to share intelligence that had been given to them in confidence. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Tom Collins, Professorial Teaching Fellow, Communications, Media and Culture, University of Stirling.

This article first appeared on The Conversation.


WhatsApp to share users’ phone numbers, device information with Facebook

Messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday announced that it will soon start sharing its users’ phone numbers with parent company Facebook, in addition to the features of they device they are using. It will soon be “coordinating” accounts with Facebook to better identify its users on the social networking site, which will allow the platform to recommend friends and show targeted ads, The Associated Press reported.

The company, which was acquired by Facebook in a $21.8-billion deal in 2014, clarified that the move will not bring “traditional display ads” to the app itself. While companies will be able to send marketing pitches or sales messages to potential customers on WhatsApp, users will have the option to block such messages. “We do not want you to have a spammy experience,” the company said in its first revision of its policies since 2012.

Moreover, Facebook has vowed to not compromise the privacy of WhatsApp users – a policy it has stood by since its launch – and said it will not share users’ information with advertisers. WhatsApp users have up to 30 days to either accept the new terms or stop using the app. On accepting the new policies, users will have 30 more days to choose to not have their phone numbers shared with Facebook.


Facebook to Convey 360-Degree Pics to Information Feeds Quickly

Facebook to Bring 360-Degree Photos to News Feeds Soon

360 Snap shots is coming to Facebook in few weeks.
The feature will permit customers to add panoramic Images.
Images may be viewed from exclusive angles by tilting the telephone.
Considering the fact that Fb sold Oculus VR, the organisation has been gung-ho approximately digitalreality and merging it on its platform to enhance the social enjoy. Going ahead with its imaginative and prescient to create an immersive social enjoy, after making Fb well matched for 360-Diploma video, the social network has now introduced guide for 360-Diploma pics as properly.

The social media platform will add help for 360 Pics in each mobile and Net Information Feeds somedaywithin the coming weeks. With this feature, users will be able to upload their panoramic Photos (or Picstaken through a 360 digicam) on Fb.

The photograph may be then seen on the phone by using tilting the cellphone or dragging the pictureinside the preferred path. Pinching the display screen will zoom in or out of the photo as nicely. Incomputer or pc browsers, changing angles may be accomplished the use of on-display screen cursors.

These Images might be like minded with the Oculus Rift and Equipment VR as properly for a moreimmersive enjoy. To offer a feel of the way it will alternate picture viewing, Oculus writes on its weblog, “Consider status within the center of a colourful parade at the Rio Carnival, or letting circle of relativesfrom some distance away feel like they may be a part of that special birthday accumulating.”

Basically it works in the same manner as 360 Video that turned into brought via Facebook in September. At first, the support for 360-Degree video become sold handiest to Android and Net gadgets. In November, the social giant extended this feature to iPhone and iPad. To further its efforts in virtual fact, the organization even announced its personal 360-Degree stereoscopic three-D video digital camera.
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