Will Android Nougat integrate ransomware protection?

THE ransomware they rank among the worst and most malicious software that any device can unwittingly “accept”, and Android seems to be a favorite target lately.

If you are a victim of ransomware, some essential functions of the smartphone, if not the whole smartphone, will be inaccessible until a payment is made (often difficult to trace) to the developer responsible for the attack. A real ransom in short, as the name suggests, and since we are talking about small numbers multiplied by tens of thousands of devices, you can understand how profitable this kind of software is and relatively low risk, after all.

A report by Symanteca company active in the field of digital security, claims that there is a piece of code by Android Nougat (please don’t ask me to call it Torrone) which will help prevent these kinds of attacks. In fact, it appears that a change to the API “ResetPassword” will prevent some ransomware from taking possession of the device: the API in question can only be used to initially set a password on a device not protected by lockscreen codes or other, instead making it impossible to change from the outside any password or PIN of the lockscreen already set and in use.

Put simply, as it already happens for other reasons, the users most at risk will be those who do not use any protection on their device, as they would give any ransomware the ability to set one in their place. Of course we are not talking about a definitive and universally effective remedy, but at least we receive some signals from Google in the fight against malicious software, which is more and more frequent.

Irony of fate, Symantec has come under Google’s own magnifying glass for various vulnerabilities present in 25 of its products that affect millions of users, but we can still take the news as true as it was also talked about during the last Google I / O.

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