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Android "FBI Lock" malware - how to avoid paying the ransom

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The latest "FBI Lock" Android ransomware reported by SophosLabs follows a familiar theme.

But it has a slight sting in the tail to make it trickier to remove, so we thought we'd take you through the steps...

SSCC 153: TrueCrypt, Towelroot, Cryptowall, and spam in Canada [PODCAST]

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Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin present this week's edition of the regular Sophos security podcast, the "Chet Chat."

In this episode: the TrueCrypt saga continues; the Towelroot software for unlocking Androids; ransomware after CryptoLocker; and Canada's long, long, long-awaited anti-spam law.

Privacy and iOS 8, USMS blunder and Cryptowall ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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One minute of fun with a serious side...

60 Second Security - 21 June 2014

Ransomware with a happy ending

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Fortunately, not every cybercrook in the world is a good coder.

Let's hope it stays that way...

SSCC 151 - Measuring vulns, Apple and Wi-Fi privacy, Android ransomware and more [PODCAST]

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It's our weekly security pocast!

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin dig into the latest security news for lessons we can all learn...

Ransom-taking iPhone hackers busted by Russian authorities

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The mystery of the ransom messages from "Oleg Pliss," and the iDevice locking attack that popped up in Australia and the US last month, appears to have been solved.

Gameover and CryptoLocker revisited - the important lessons we can learn

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Which is worse - Gameover or CryptoLocker?

What can we learn from the recent US-led takedown of this notorious crimeware?

More importantly, what advice should we be passing on to other people?

Mobile malware, Gameover, CryptoLocker, and SSL/TLS holes - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How long has mobile malware been around? Is it really game over for Gameover and CryptoLocker? Which cryptographic security libraries need patching?

It'll only take a minute to find out...

CryptoLocker wannabe "Simplelocker" scrambles your files, holds your Android to ransom

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"If the crooks keep copying Windows threats that were financially lucrative," you're thinking, "we'll soon see Android ransomware that doesn't just lock your device, but locks up your data instead, or as well."

Guess what?

Has CryptoLocker been cracked? Is Gameover over?

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Gameover is one of the most notorious botnets of recent times. And CryptoLocker is the Big Daddy of the ransomware scene.

But a team of global law enforcement agencies has taken them on...and YOU can help them win!

Apple iOS ransomware mystery deepens - "Oleg Pliss" pops up in LA

The mysterious Oleg Pliss, who popped up on iPhones in Australia earlier this week, demanding $100 "for unlock device," is back.

Now we're hearing reports from Southern California...

SSCC 149 - Apple devices ransomed, eBay breached, carders busted and more [PODCAST]

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Chester Wisnieski and Paul Ducklin dig into the important security stories of the past week, and pull out some lessons we can all learn.

If you haven't listened to a "Chet Chat" before, now's the time to give it a try!

Apple ransomware strikes Australia - pay Oleg $100 or else

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This morning, a number of Australian iPad and iPhone users woke up to a strange sight.

"Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device..."

Monday review - the hot 26 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Android "police warning" ransomware - how to avoid it, and what to do if you get caught

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With ransomware like "Koler" making its way to Android, locking your device and demanding $300 to keep you out of trouble with the police, it's important to keep informed about Android threats.

John Zorabedian gives you five tips on how to keep your Android safe...

First Aid for Android: How to unlock your ransomed phone

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What do you do when your Android device freezes or locks up so you can't do anything useful...especially if it wants $300 to let you get back to work?

Here's an Android troubleshooting technique for emergencies of this sort...

Final countdown, CryptoLocker payout and Full Disk Encryption - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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XP is counting down - are you ready? Would you pay the CryptoLocker crooks? And should you use Full Disk Encryption?

Find out in just a minute...watch 60 Sec Security for 08 March 2014!

1 in 30 have been hit by CryptoLocker and 40% pay the ransom, says study

1 in 30 are hit by CryptoLocker, and 40% pay the ransom

An annual survey on computer security issues run by a UK university was published last week. Its stats on the prevalence of ransomware, and how many people give in to the crooks and pay the ransom, raised some eyebrows.

Dead donkeys, gun wielding penguins and the Internet Worm at 25 - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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The big stories of 2013 were Adobe, PRISM and CryptoLocker - but what about some of the wackier stuff? Google's dead donkey? The Space Station lost and found? Gun wielding penguins?

All this and more in 60 Sec Security - 04 January 2014

SSCC 128 - Learning from 2013 for a safer, more secure 2014 [PODCAST]

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Our weekly security podcast looks back at the big blunders of 2013 to find out what went wrong.

Let Chet and Duck help you plan for a safer and more secure 2014!