More and more organizations are using mobile devices to conduct various business processes, from staying in touch with customers and partners to performing financial transactions. This fact is not lost on cybercriminals — they’re launching ransomware to get into Android devices and hold the data on these devices hostage in exchange for large sums of money.
If malware infects your computer, it would either crash at random, display annoying ads or notifications, or slow down. An Android device that has been breached by malware will not immediately show any signs of infection, unless it’s ransomware.
How does ransomware make it onto your Android device?
Like its desktop equivalent, mobile ransomware needs to be installed on your device before it can do damage.
By now, most people know what ransomware is: malicious software that threatens to publish or erase its victims' data unless they pay a ransom. But with the surge in mobile device computing, it was inevitable that ransomware would adapt to find new victims.