New Android “ransomware” insists you must pay a $300 fine because you watched awful porn

"Ransomware" is one of themobile malware sub-genres in circulation. It eats up your screen realestate with a warning that you somehow engaged in horrible crimeactivity and therefore must pay a ransom. The latest contender toemerge in this rare niche is Android-Trojan.Koler, and boy, is it anasty one! As its name not-so-subtly suggests, it creeps up onAndroid devices and is as smart as to use geolocation to properly"locate" its alarm bells to the user's actual country andrelative crime burreay. It accuses you of watching banned pornographyand demands a $300 ransom, which should be paid off through covertpayment mechanisms like Paysafecard and uKash. Thankfully, real-lifeoffenders rarely get away this easy.

The ransomware works by preventingusers from accessing their phones' home-screens and making itimpossible to browse menus and use apps as normally. BitDefendere-threat analyst Bogdan Botezatu explained that Koler.A opens abrowser view that stays on top of other apps. Users can press Homeand return to the home-screen, but a 5-second timer brings back thespam on top.

Luckily, this trashy piece of codeisn't being distributed via the Google Play Store, which saw itsshare of malware-related mishaps lately. The way it reaches yourAndroid device is by installing itself when browsing certain pornsites. These sites claim that the malware's download is actually anAPK for a video player used for premium access. We don't have a listof websites to serve, but as an Android user, you should be awarethat downloading APK's from sketchy websites is a sure way to getinfected.

via ARSTechnica



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol only on android, smh

7. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well... people downloading APK files from shady websites AND having the Unknown Sources setting checked! for this to be able to happen, almost deserve it... Most people don't even know how to manually install APKs... the ones that knows should also use Google Installer which scan the APK before installing... and finally who the hell install APKs getting download from porn websites? BTW, PHONEARENA.COM has intended to download Mobogenie.APK apps to my phone in the past... just so people know...

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's actually a common trick used for Microsoft computers as well.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apparently it's on Android as well.

13. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

small price (only some dumb people pay) in exchange for the best and most versatile mobile OS. btw iOS is no king in security... specially on V. 7

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Best and most versatile is subjective and to think otherwise is pure ignorance. Has iOS had security issues? Yes but Apple is super quick to patch any vulnerabilities up.

18. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Well if you jailbreak IOS to make it usuable this is possible. Basically use the protected jail OS or take small chances with Freedom OS. It's like the war on terror, terrorism almost never happens, but people are ready to get rid of their freedoms for it.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"Freedom OS"? That's rich. Bloatware that you have to root to get rid of, Google apps that run in the background without ever getting opened, constant reminders about security software, Google Hangouts being jammed in your face through notifications, even if you set an alternate messaging app, and constant reminders to select which keyboard you want to use after you install and select another keyboard from Play. Sounds like freedom to me. Add into that data mining on a scale that makes the NSA look like two-bit chumps, and I would say you need to take a trip to for some definition help. The Google world is not, and never will be, about your "freedom." It's about your DATA, which you use to pay for your device a second time.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

How could Google patch the stupidity of users who download APKs from sketchy websites?

23. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What is subjective is personal needs and taste... But versatility can be measured. Features and functions can be measured. And popularity can be measured... Subjectively it is the best for me and the majority of smartphone users... Objectively it is the most versatile, customizable, fullest of features. That is a fact

14. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Trying to mention MS so that your beloved Android can have some face. Cute.

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Have ever used a Windows computer? They are the king of Trojans, malware, spyware...etc. Luckily, I know how to avoid that stuff and when I do see it I remove it. I like an OS that is open and mod friendly and I do realize that it cones with a risk. Look at iPhones...closed OS and they still have security issues...

19. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

never once had a virus on windows or android. If you are stupid you will get a virus on IOS. Don't install anything you don't trust and you won't have a virus. Common sense.

9. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I suppose its pointless to mention safe-mode, since the person affected would be too stupid to know about it and probably too embarrassed to show it to someone who does.

10. c3_major

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2014

Lol really? -Bogus Apple ad convinces some that iOS 7 makes your iPhone waterproof-

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Way to show off your intelligence...except... Never mind...none was there to show...

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

On desktop PC's too...

2. mturby unregistered

tell everyone, but im not paying

3. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

i wonder what's considered "awful" porn ... it's got to have to do with midgets, butter and donkeys....

4. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Its not that i support this malware but i like Ransomware... very creative...

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I wonder how Luis D. ended up on such a website :3

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Pr0n on a phone is almost as pathetic as whacking it to scrambled cable channels. And even if your phone is your only method to invest in your spank bank, there's plenty of safe ways to make a deposit/withdrawl. You've got to be pretty dumb/naive/desperate to just go anywhere and download anything.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This sort of ransomware should be classified as "terrorism" so there is a military solution.

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