Copycat WannaCry targets Android users
Researchers have discovered a copycat WannaCry ransomware in China
Cyber experts Qihoo 360 have discovered a copycat WannaCry ransomware that appears to be targeting Android users in China.
The lookalike ransomware uses similar graphics to trick users into paying the ransomware fee and in particular takes advantage of the popular mobile gaming app King of Glory where it disguises itself as a plugin within the game.
According to the security researchers, the copycat ransomware is amateur due to the payment demand. The criminals demand that the victims pay a fee of 40 Chinese Renminbi ($6) through Chinese payment providers QQ, Alipay, or WeChat.
The researchers say that the criminals have not heard of Bitcoin and have failed to release that the method of payment they have requested is easily traceable.
Despite the payment request, the coding is impressive. The ransomware is capable of encrypting files under 10KB in size and will use a mix of Chinese and Latin characters.