That Android sucks at security is not a new news, but that hackers are now better equipped certainly is. As now there is an app that basically lets anyone without even coding knowledge can create an Android ransomware.
And now that can be done on any Android phone.
ZDNet recently reported about a new TDK that can be used to create to create an Android trojan app straight into an Android phone that does not require any complex code creation. In other words, anyone can now have destructive and criminal powers, bully us for ransom money with the help of any Android phone.
The free Trojan Development Kit (TDK) app can be downloaded from hacking forums. It has a simple interface with which you can create your own ransomware.
“The entire process of creating a ready-to-use piece of malware is done on a smartphone without any requirement to write a single line of code,” Dinesh Venkatesan, Principal Threat Analysis Engineer at Symantec explained.
The app requires you follow instructions and fill out forms to customise your malware appear on display or lock screen, along with unlock options and animations on the screen.
As you hit the ‘create’ button, a one-time payment to the app developer is done onward and the user can distribute the ransomware.
Umbrella Corporation anyone?
It locks the device and displays a message to the victim demanding a ransom. To boost your imagination a little more Venkateshan has also recently said so:
“Even hardened malware authors could find these easy-to-use kits an efficient alternative to putting the work in themselves. We expect to see an increase in mobile ransomware variants as these development kits become more widespread,”
Compared to Android, iOS is better in case of these attacks, if you hate Android, Saurabh advised that Windows Mobile is a good choice if you must have privacy.
To stay safe from these attackers, I would advise you to think carefully before installing apps from outside of Google’s own Play Store.