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July 20, 2014, 06:35:40 AM
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http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2014/07/20/beware-ransomware-demanding-bitcoin-payment/12891147/

In my last column we talked about a particularly nasty form of “ransomware” that had started spreading toward the end of last year called Cryptolocker. Cryptolocker is a virus that scans your computer and holds your files “ransom” in exchange for a payment that has to be made using Bitcoin. Since that column came out there is a mobile virus that has started spreading that targets the Android mobile operating system

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July 20, 2014, 06:53:00 AM
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ransomware Grin nice words anyway

i'm sure my antivirus will take care of this type of virus, but in android i don't have antivirus
and you say that now their target is android OS Sad
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July 20, 2014, 08:28:37 AM
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i'm sure my antivirus will take care of this type of virus

this is beyond stupid
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July 20, 2014, 09:03:17 AM
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i'm sure my antivirus will take care of this type of virus

LOL. Nice attitude man. Quite amusing post, you almost saved my day. Grin
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July 20, 2014, 09:54:01 AM
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I guess it would depend on whether or not the virus has a chance to encrypt the drive before the antivirus can act. Once your computer is infected, it is already too late because no antivirus would be able to defeat the encryption. But if the virus is detected early enough, the antivirus could delete it before it starts encrypting your files.
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July 20, 2014, 06:09:23 PM
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Ugh, I had no idea android phones could get viruses. I was just about to buy one but I'm not too sure now. Can it completely lock your phone?
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July 21, 2014, 03:40:13 AM
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Ugh, I had no idea android phones could get viruses. I was just about to buy one but I'm not too sure now. Can it completely lock your phone?

I am sure there are viruses that can. I know there are haters on this forum but the iPhone is probably the safest. All of the apps are pre-screened and tested. If you are holding bitcoin on your mobile device you want a walled garden for sure.

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July 21, 2014, 03:42:20 AM
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Android you really have to be careful. Usually the play store is trustworthy, but I would never store bitcoin on my phone. Never EVER download APKs if you don't fully trust them. There is no reason to anyways, as pretty much everything is on the play store.

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