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Android users beware! LeakerLocker ransomware threatens to share your images, message
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  • The software is being spread through bogus apps on the Google Play store
  • Booster & Cleaner Pro and Wallpapers Blur HD were both found to be infected
  • The malware claims to have backed up sensitive information to the cloud
  • It threatens to forward this data to a user's contacts unless a ransom is paid
  • Security firm McAfee doubts these claims and advises against paying out
Android users are being warned to be on the lookout for a new type of ransomware that threatens to leak their private data to anyone in their contact book.

Dubbed LeakerLocker, the malicious software is being spread through bogus apps on the Google Play store.

Once installed, the malware claims to have made a backup of personal images, messages, browsing history and other sensitive information.

It then threatens to forward these details to all of the user's family, friends and colleagues stored on the device, unless a ransom of $50 (£38) is paid.

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