Microsoft alerts Android users of new ransomware that could render smartphone useless

Microsoft is responsible for locating and dealing with potentially dangerous malwares on their own Windows operating system. However, the tech company claims that they try to use their expertise to provide benefits to operating systems beyond their own. According to the company’s cybersecurity blog, Android users should be aware of the new and evolving malwares that target the operating system.

In their official blog, the company stated that they have found a piece of a particularly sophisticated Android ransomware with novel techniques and behavior, exemplifying the rapid evolution of mobile threats that have also been observed on other platforms.

Microsoft claims that this new mobile ransomware was detected by Microsoft Defender for Endpoint as AndroidOS/MalLocker.B. This new malware is the latest variant of a ransomware family that’s been in the wild for a while but has been evolving non-stop, according to the blog.

The ransomware, according to Microsoft, masks itself

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New NC DHHS app alerts you to possible COVID-19 exposure

There’s a new app that can alert you to COVID-19 exposure.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services launched the app Tuesday, available for free in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Called SlowCOVIDNC, once you download it, you need to enable Bluetooth and exposure notifications on your smartphone. Your device will then share random IDs with other phones nearby. DHHS said the app is anonymous and the connections are “a string of random letters and numbers which changes every 10-20 minutes,” according to the app.

The app is designed to add to existing contact tracing already in place across the state. The app is voluntary, so the more people who use it, the more interactions between devices.

Bluetooth signal strength is also recorded on your phone to estimate the distance between phones, so exposure follows the definition of “close contact” of six feet or closer for

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