Be careful: a new computer attack blocks your cell phone and asks for money to recover it


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A new type of ransomware called DoubleLocker affects Android operating systems in which a fake update of the Adobe Flash Player has been downloaded and it produces a file encryption and the change of the passwords to later ask for a monetary rescue to their owners.

Be careful: a new computer attack blocks your cell phone and asks for money to recover it


Ransomware (ransom) and ware (software) have become one of the favorite tools of hackers.

According to alert ESET cybersecurity specialists, this new malicious software is a double threat to many of the smartphones that currently use Android as an operating system.

In addition to blocking the home screen and files, because of their origin in a banking malware, DoubleLocker could also be used to steal funds or bank passwords that were on the phone, experts explained.


First a user has to visit some insecure site in which they are asked to install the "Adobe Flash Player" to continue browsing. When you click, it actually starts the installation program of this ramsomware.

Once activated, this software simulates a screen like the one in Google Play asking for permission to "change the password" to enter the smartphone and, if it is granted by the user, enables the encryption of the device.

From there it is impossible to access the phone and, as the home screen, a message announcing the attack is displayed and requests a "rescue" of 0.0130 bitcoin (around 74.11 dollars in the current quote).

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