Just a couple of months ago we have reported about an Android LG Smart TV got its screen bricked after a ransomware infection. Now a series of similar are taking place on the Samsung Galaxy S7 devices, in these attacks the hackers are infecting Galaxy S7 models with some malware, locking out screens and then demanding for ransom payments.
These kind of attacks are currently raising in the UK. The victim, here, told the HackRead website that it happened while they are using Facebook messenger on their own smartphone, and there have not downloaded any app from a third-party nor Google Play Store during the incident or before it.
This happened on 18th March, when a “penalty notice” from the Enforcement Bailiffs Ltd appeared on this smartphone informing that the victim’s device has been blocked due to the presence some Child abuse content. It should be noted that the Enforcement Bailiffs Ltd is a United Kingdom based commercial property enforcement specialists and they have nothing to do with these cyber crime related cases.
Furthermore, the notice threatened victims in paying 200 GBP or else the so-called offensive material will be made public, and a case will go on trial. Here are the exclusive screenshots provided by the victim:
Moreover, the warning message informed the victim to pay the ransom money through secure online payment platform PaySafeCard.
Since these threats are bullshit from the get go, the only reasonable solution for this ransomware infection is a simple factory reset, once the battery died and that is what the victim did to get back his smartphone successfully. But, in some cases; it is almost impossible to get rid of this ransomware infection. For this, cyber security giants and the Europol have launched a ‘No More Ransom’ Anti-Ransomware Portal which has already decrypted over 2,500 ransomware victims and saved 1.3 Mil Euros from cyber criminals.