Google is Making Life Difficult for Ransomware to Thrive on Android
Google has never been shy about sharing security enhancements and victories in Android. At the recent Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit, Google threw back on the curtain on how it has curtailed ransomware on Android with a mix of deprecated APIs and rollbacks of certain functionality that had outlived its usefulness to users yet still drew the attention of attackers. Android security team malware analyst Elena Kovakina said Google tracked 30 Android ransomware families in the wild. From that set, it studied how the malware behaved, what processes were abused, and adjusted Android accordingly. The aim, Kovakina stressed, is to raise the cost of malware development for attackers. Ransomware for Android, or any mobile platform, have been relatively rare. On the mobile side, the most prevalent threats attacked older versions of Android that are no longer supported with security updates by Google. With ransomware, that’s it’s most notorious features.