Beware of Coronavirus Ransomware, FG warns Nigerians

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.

In a statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Ransomware blocks access to users’ personal data and accounts and threatens deletion, unless users pay $100 in bitcoin within 48 hours.

He said the Ransomware App, detected on the website, 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 urged the public not to download the Ransomware App and to seek updates on the pandemic only from the appropriate authorities.


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