Coronavirus tracking app locks up Android phones for ransom

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  1. mood

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    Coronavirus tracking app locks up Android phones for ransom
    March 13, 2020
    https://www.scmagazine.com/home/sec...cking-app-locks-up-android-phones-for-ransom/
    DomainTools: CovidLock: Mobile Coronavirus Tracking App Coughs Up Ransomware
     
  2. LoneWolf

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    Always some scumbag taking advantage of a bad situation in order to make a profit.
    ****** me off.
     
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    DOJ priortizing prosecution of coronavirus scammers

    "If you're ... installing malware in apps designed for people to track the spread of the virus or posing as the CDC or WHO in phishing emails, the DOJ is coming after you. AG Barr directed all U.S. attorneys today to prioritize these prosecutions."

    https://twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1/status/1239680817615388672
     
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    That being said is there a valid recently fashioned app that can track Covid-19 with some reasonable reliability without risking bad actor enhancement
     
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    Use this code to remove the Coronavirus Tracker ransomware
    March 18, 2020
    https://thenextweb.com/apps/2020/03/18/coronavirus-tracker-ransomware-unlock-code/
     
  7. mood

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    Android Surveillance Campaign Leverages COVID-19 Crisis
    March 19, 2020
    https://www.securityweek.com/android-surveillance-campaign-leverages-covid-19-crisis
    Lookout: New Threat Discovery Shows Commercial Surveillanceware Operators Latest to Exploit COVID-19
     
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    When the story broke I went to the site and grabbed a copy.
    At that point no AV listed a detection so I sent a copy to Avira and also reported the domain.
    It is useful if the community also leap at reporting the sites because they are the point of distribution.
    The file is now very well detected by most AV and the domain taken down.
     
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    Watch Out: Android Apps in Google Play Store Capitalizing on Coronavirus Outbreak
    March 26, 2020
    https://thehackernews.com/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-apps-android.html
    Bitdefender: Android Apps and Malware Capitalize on Coronavirus
     
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    Fake Android coronavirus app reveals possible iPhone spyware
    Innocent-looking iPhone app links to same 'spy' server as bogus pandemic tracker
    April 15, 2020
    https://www.tomsguide.com/news/ios-android-coronavirus-spyware
    Trend Micro: Coronavirus Update App Leads to Project Spy Android and iOS Spyware
     
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