22nd February 2017 By Kelly Jackson Higgins
New variant of Android ransomware comes with a bizarre twist.
First there was a ransomware attack that spoke to its victims via a voice message, and now there’s one in the wild that requires the victim read aloud – via voice recognition – the code to free his or her infected mobile device.
Symantec researchers recently spotted a new variant of the so-called Android.Lockdroid.E mobile ransomware that now employs speech recognition APIs for the victim to input the unlock code rather than type it after paying the ransom. This bizarre yet creative twist to raises more questions than it answers about the attackers’ intent, given the obvious inefficiency and potential fallibility of the voice-recognition step.
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