Mobile Security feature of Google ‘O’ to end Ransomware menace


Google’s upcoming mobile operating system titled ‘Android O’ is said to end ransomware menace on its user phones once and forever. The new operating system will have up to date mobile security features having the ability to block attacks from ransomware.

It’s a known fact that Google has recently intensified the campaign against malware attacks on all its web services platforms. First, it started filtering out the apps available on its App store which were hit by malware. And now, it seems to be interested in offering a malware free OS platform to all its mobile users in near future.

Though ransomware isn’t a big threat to mobile users as it has been on the desktop, the threat intensity does exist. So, Google in its latest upcoming mobile OS model titled ‘O’ has come up with the latest functionality which blocks several android ransomware threats by disapproving, deprecating malware and moving outdated functionalities.

As of to date, Google has collected more than 50,000 samples of harmful ransomware filled apps and has included them in the checklist of its Android O. The moment the new OS identifies the threats on apps, it compares them with the samples available in its quarantine list and immediately blocks them from infecting the operating system on a further note.

But the industry experts feel that malware developers are also undergoing through much sophistication driven changes from time to time. If Google addresses the current ones, then they will create a new one and will send it for execution to Android devices through fraudulent means such as fake apps, fake search engine queries, and phishing scams.

However, Google aims to make it more difficult and expensive for attackers to build mobile malware in near future.

Note- Google wants its Android OS users to always keep the latest version of software on their mobile phones. As per the internet juggernaut’s estimate, Android ransomware variants tend to more target older operating system versions like those using Jelly Bean, KitKat, Ice Cream sandwich and the oldest.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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