Sonorousness ransomware unmasked

Figure 4. the file structure of Sonorousness ransomware

Sonorousness: the latest ransomware of the S-Locker family Recently, NewSky Security received a threat sample from the security community that is a derivative of the S-Locker ransomware malware group, or family. This new derivative is known as Sonorousness, named for a class within the malware called “com.sonorousness“. When compared to S-Locker, this new malware contains…

Mobile devices bundled with malware?

When you purchase a mobile device, you expect the device to be free of digital threats, clear of viruses, and otherwise safe to use. According to a G Data Mobile Malware Report for Q2 of 2015, more than 20 smartphone models were identified to contain modified or manipulated versions of common apps such as Facebook:…

Smart devices as Bitcoin mining slaves

Recently, we blogged about unintentionally installing Android ransomware to an Android HD media player. It is possible and probable that other unwanted programs, such as Bitcoin mining trojans could be installed on a smart device. Background Bitcoin (BTC) is one of several popular digital (virtual) currency payment systems. It is decentralized and functions peer-to-peer (P2P)…

Stagefright scan and removal tool

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Removing Android ransomware from my tv

In July, you may have read how I unwittingly installed Android ransomware to my HiMedia HD600a HD Media player.   Well I wasn’t going to just toss out my device, I wanted it back, so I worked on getting rid of the ransomware. Timing is everything I have to say, it was very tricky to…

How Android ransomware bricked my TV

Consumers are introducing more smart devices into their lives, beyond smartphones, such as watches, televisions, and on-board computers found in automobiles. In 2013, a Chinese vehicle manufacturer designed a “smart car” with a built-in Android OS computer, allowing consumers the ability to insert their own SIM card and the car could be online around the…