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FG alerts Nigerians to dangerous computer coronavirus

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The Federal Government on Tuesday raised the alarm over the existence of an Android- based malicious and fraudulent coronavirus Ransomware application , which claims to provide updates on COVID -19 and infections near the user .
The Minister of Information and Culture , Alhaji Lai Mohammed , in a statement by his Special Assistant , Mr Segun Adeyemi , said the Ransomware blocks access to users ’ personal data and accounts and threatens deletion, unless users pay $ 100 in Bitcoin within 48 hours.
He said the Ransomware App , detected on the website www . coronavirusapp. site , “ prompts users to download an Android App purportedly for coronavirus map tracking and heat map visuals. ”
Mohammed said the development confirmed warnings against cybercriminals seeking to exploit the growing spread of the virus for nefarious gains .

The minister , therefore , called on the general public not to download the Ransomware App and to seek updates on the pandemic only from the appropriate authorities .

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