Android picture and video kidnapping malware found

smartphones2-700x400Security expert Robert Lipovsky, of the antivirus firm Eset, has located a Trojan called Simple Shocker. This dangerous malware blocks infected users’ mobile devices, cyphering their pictures, documents and other contents and requesting money to perform a system restore.

So far, the main victims have been in Eastern Europe, in countries such as Ukraine, where users are being asked an amount equivalent to 21 USD to unlock their devices, something that would occur 24 hours after the transaction has been completed.

Source: Alta Densidad

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Descubren malware para Android que secuestra fotos y videos

smartphones2-700x400El experto en seguridad Robert Lipovsky, de la empresa de antivirus Eset, ha localizado un troyano bautizado como Simple Shocker. Este peligroso malware se encarga de bloquear los teléfonos móviles de los usuarios infectados, cifrando sus fotografías, vídeos, documentos y otros contenidos, reclamando además el pago de dinero para restaurar el sistema a su estado anterior.

Hasta ahora las principales víctimas han sido de Europa del Este, en países como Ukrania, donde se exige a los usuarios afectados el pago de una cantidad equivalente a 21 dólares para desbloquear el dispositivo móvil, algo que se producirá a las 24 horas de que se haya completado la transacción.

Fuente: Alta Densidad

What to do in case of kidnapping or extortion

conas-gnbcorpThe Bolivarian National Guard Anti-extortion and Kidnapping Commando (CONAS – GNB) has made some recommendations to avoid becoming a victim of extortion or kidnapping. Here are the ten most important tips:

  1. Don’t give your financial information to friends or relatives.
  2. Don’t use relationships to identify relatives in your mobile device, use their names.
  3. Never expose personal information on social networks, use security settings.
  4. Avoid entering information in shared computers, especially in internet cafes.
  5. Guide your family so they are not naïve informants by avoiding talking about their recreational activities or the goods they own.
  6. Don’t frequent the same public places.
  7. Try not to brag about what you have; proving you’re wealthy will only catch the attention of unscrupulous people.
  8. Change your routes to work or back home to prevent kidnapping or extortion.
  9. Stay alert on the road, at Banks and nightlife establishments.
  10. If you become a victim of extortion or kidnapping, report to the a

Source: CONAS – GNB

Qué hacer ante una extorsión o secuestro

conas-gnbcorpEl Comando Antiextorsión y Secuestro de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (CONAS – GNB), hace algunas recomendaciones para evitar ser objeto de una extorsión o secuestro. A continuación, transcribimos los diez tips más importantes:

  1. No entregue sus datos financieros a familiares o conocidos.
  2. No utilice parentescos para identificar a sus familiares en su dispositivo móvil, identifíquelos por sus nombres.
  3. Nunca exponga sus datos personales en perfiles de redes sociales, use las configuraciones de seguridad.
  4. Evite colocar datos en computadoras de uso compartido, sobre todo en los cibercafés.
  5. Oriente a su familia para que no sean informantes ingenuos evitando hablar de sus actividades recreativas o de los bienes que poseen.
  6. No frecuente los mismos lugares públicos.
  7. Intente no presumir de lo que tiene, demostrar que es pudiente solo atrae la vista de personas inescrupulosas.
  8. Varíe la ruta hacia su hogar y trabajo para alejar cualquier intento de persecución de secuestro o extorsión.
  9. Manténgase alerta en las vías públicas, entidades bancarias y lugares nocturnos.
  10. En caso de ser víctima de extorsión o secuestro denuncie en las primeras 48 horas, ya que son claves para esclarecer el caso.

Fuente: CONAS – GNB

Mobile phone restriction in penitentiaries should reduce street crimes immediately

inselaciune_telefonThe existence of mobile telephones, laptop computers and other digital communication tools inside penitentiaries makes it easy for convicts to organize crimes from their respective reclusion centers without having to be on the streets. Kidnappings, extortions and hired homicides are part of inmates’ crime agenda, which they perform with impunity under the “protection” of their condition as prisoners.

A CICPC officer linked to the investigation of these crimes revealed that 90% of phone call extortions originate from within a prison, so he assures that restricting the use of mobile devices in penitentiaries would “almost completely” eliminate this crime. “This would be a hard blow to kidnapping and hired-gun gangs led by prisoners; although the degree of reduction for these two crimes would be lower”, he said.

For this reason, penal experts insist on the need to double the efforts to prevent the insertion of these devices into the nation’s penitentiaries. But in light of the State’s unwillingness to halt the illegal traffic of mobile telephones, specialists propose the implementation of technological measures to block outgoing calls or disabling mobile devices.

bloq_direccional_recl_10One of the technology alternatives most recommended by experts is the installation of call jammers, due to their quick action and low costs.

A telecommunications security specialist indicated that jammers should be selected based on their range of action, as they could affect the communications of housing developments located close to the penitentiary centers.

“This is a basic solution, but it doesn’t guarantee that, under threat or payment, prison guards won’t turn off the device for a few hours. Or that using a ground cable from outside the prison the inmates can get internet access. It takes government willingness to make this device work”, he explained.

Source: El Nacional

Restricción de celulares en cárceles reduciría de inmediato delitos en las calles


inselaciune_telefonLa existencia de celulares, computadoras portátiles y otras herramientas de comunicación (digital) dentro de las cárceles permite a los presos organizar crímenes, desde sus centros de reclusión, sin estar en las calles. Secuestros, extorsiones y sicariatos constituyen la agenda delictiva de los internos, que actúan con total impunidad “amparados” en su condición de privados de libertad.

Un funcionario del CICPC, vinculado a la investigación de estos delitos, reveló que 90% de las extorsiones que se producen a través de llamadas telefónicas en el país se originan en las cárceles, por lo que aseguró que restringir el uso de celulares en los penales eliminaría “casi por completo” este delito. “Sería un duro golpe a las bandas de secuestro y sicariato que tienen miembros en las cárceles; no obstante, el porcentaje sería menor en el caso de estos dos delitos”, aclaró.

Por esta razón, los expertos en materia carcelaria insisten en la necesidad de redoblar los esfuerzos para impedir el ingreso de estos aparatos a los penales del país. Pero, ante la falta de voluntad del Estado para frenar el ingreso ilegal de celulares, los especialistas proponen implementar medidas tecnológicas para bloquear las llamadas que se producen en las cárceles o inhibir el funcionamiento de los equipos móviles.

bloq_direccional_recl_10Una de las alternativas tecnológicas más recomendada por los expertos es la colocación de inhibidores de llamadas (Jammers), debido a su rapidez de acción y bajos costos.

Un especialista en seguridad de telecomunicaciones, indicó que los jammers deben ser seleccionados según su área de acción, pues pueden afectar las comunicaciones a los urbanismos cercanos al centro penitenciario.

“Esta es una solución básica, pero no garantiza que, bajo amenaza o pago, los funcionarios penitenciarios apaguen el equipo por algunas horas. O que a través de un cable terrestre desde las afueras del perímetro carcelario puedan tener acceso a Internet. Se necesita voluntad gubernamental para que el dispositivo funcione”, aclaró.

Fuente: El Nacional

If an extortion is paid, the fact can be repeated

Extorsión“We know that you have two children, we know where you live and where they study. We also know where you work and we have many details of your intimacy… so, be good and pay us”.

At a first glance the information provided by these individuals seems to be precise, so convincing that the person receiving the call has enough reasons to panic and thinking in paying.

But… what can be done? Most of the experts recommend to disconnect the phone and not conduct any negotiations because this can lead to much more critical situations. Of course that the threats should not be ignored and the security profile should immediately be raised by breaking routines, seeking additional protection, perhaps getting out of the city for a while, among other measures but above all, do not respond to new calls coming from those phone numbers. Entering into discussions or seeking to negotiate with these people is not advisable.

It is good to know that most extortionists in the cities have neither the capacity nor the logistics to carry out their threats.

A high percentage of extortion calls that occur in cities such as Caracas, Valencia, Barquisimeto, Maracaibo and Puerto Ordaz, come from criminals who are serving sentences in jail. They look for information in classified sections of newspapers and magazines, and then they call these local numbers by posing as other people, looking for ways to get more specific information about the potential victim and his family. Their “involuntary” accomplices are usually domestic workers or secretaries who release valuable information to the extortionists. Later, those criminals communicate directly with the person they want to extort and ask them to purchase phone cards and pass the codes with the excuse that they will call later from other numbers in order to avoid detection.

People who have been victims of this type of crime, have paid thousands of Bs. on phone cards. With these codes, the criminals will carry balances on their cell phones and sell calls in prison.

In addition to this mode, there’s also another one that begins with the involvement of people close to the potential victim, family or workers who know details about fortune, family issues and concerns, places they frequently go to, private relations and more. All that goes to the extortionist and the most insignificant movement or event within the family group is immediately known by the criminals; for that reason is so important to get professional advice, to detect or at least to establish barriers to avoid leakage of information

There are many cases where authorities have found out that domestic employees with years of service with the family, despite of been treated as a family member, beloved and appreciated by the family, have been forced to provide information under death threat or any other pressure of different nature. In other cases simply this domestic servants are part of a gang.

In both referred cases, the recommendation is avoiding any conversation and not conduct any negotiations, not answering calls from unknown numbers and raise the security profile, breaking routines as well as increasing communications among affected family members. Seek professional advice and depending on the severity, report it to police authorities as GAES.

As a precaution, it is important to train the family, domestic staff and other employees in what to say and not to, when receiving inquires of information.

Source: El Universal