Beware Of Fraudulent Covid-19 Update Android Application (Ransomware)
The Federal Government on Tuesday raised the alarm over the existence of an Android-based malicious and fraudulent coronavirus Ransomware application, which claims to provide updates on COVID-19 and infections near the user.
The federal government alerted Nigerians on the ransomware in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Federal Government has alerted Nigerians to the existence of an Android-based malicious and fraudulent Coronavirus Ransomware Application, which claims to provide updates on the virus and infections near the user,” Segun Adeyemi, spokesman of Lai Mohammed, minister of information, said in the statement.
“The application blocks access to users’ personal data and accounts and threatens deletion, unless users pay One Hundred US Dollars ($100) in Bitcoin within 4 8 hours.
“The Ransomware App, detected on the website: www.coronavirusapp.site, prompts users to download an Android App purportedly for coronavirus map tracking and heat map visuals.
“Alhaji Mohammed said the development confirms warnings against cyber criminals seeking to exploit the growing spread of the virus for nefarious gains. He therefore called on the general public not to download the
“The App and to seek updates on the pandemic only from the appropriate authorities.”