ESET picks apart new Cryptolocker-style ransomware targeting Android devices

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ESET, the global leader in proactive digital protection, has analyzed the first Android OS Filecoder detected by its systems – Android/Simplocker.A. Filecoders are a category of ransomware that encrypt data and demand a ransom in order to regain access to them. This TOR-enabled ransomware is the first Filecoder ever discovered on the Android operating system. ESET’s Researcher Robert Lipovsky has written an article about Simplocker, available at
ESET was among the few IT security firms to successfully detect the first sample of this ransomware. “We are most likely dealing with a proof-of-concept or a work in progress,” Lipovsky says in his article. Simplocker encrypts files stored in a device’s memory card and displays a message demanding payment of 260 Ukrainian hryvnia (approximately 16 euros) in order to regain access to them.