FG alerts Nigerians of coronavirus ransomeware that can lock them out of their gadgets
The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has warned Nigerans of the existence of Android-based malicious and fraudulent Coronavirus Ransomware Application.
While the ransomeware application claims to provide updates on the virus and infections near the user, when downloaded it blocks access to users’ personal data and accounts on the user’s gadgets and threatens deletion unless One Hundred US Dollars ($100) in Bitcoin is paid within 48 hours.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Ransomware Application detected on the website http://coronavirusapp.site, prompts users to download an Android App purportedly for coronavirus map tracking and heat map visuals.
The statement released by Lai Mohammed’s media aide, Segun Adeyemi reads;
The FG 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.