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United States : FORTINET warns mobile device users to be on alert for mobile ransomware

August 18, 2014

A world leader in high-performance network security , Fortinet - has urged mobile device users to watch out for mobile ransomware, which has seen a steady rise globally in the last few months.

Ransomware is a kind of malware that limits the use of the device it infects and demands payment from the end-user in order to recover control of the device.

After targeting computers until recently, Ransomware is now attacking mobile phones.

Security Researcher, FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet, Ruchna Nigam, says : "Ransomware threats have been big on mobile phones this year ? from the emergence of the first variant targeting iOS devices to the first Android variant that encrypts phone data."

Nigam added : "As mobile device adoption continues to gain pace, hackers have found a new lucrative target in handsets, in addition to traditional PCs. The public needs to become more security-aware, and take more measures to prevent their handsets from becoming conduits of monetary and information loss."

Nigam has provided the following top three pointers to protect against mobile ransomware: 1. Have an operational antivirus software on your phone which should prevent or at least warn against installing infected applications; 2. Always install applications from reliable sources and developers. User comments can help weigh an application's legitimacy, when in doubt; 3. iPhone and iPad users should set and activate passcodes on their gadget which will force the use of that passcode while activating the Find My iPhone feature, thereby making the iCloud 'Oleg Pliss ransomware attack ineffective.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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