Thousands of Android users may be at risk to a newly discovered form of malware which attempts to extort victims by threatening to leak a trove of personal information including photos, website histories and text messages unless a ‘ransom’ is paid to the hackers. Dubbed ‘LeakerLocker’ by experts from cybersecurity firm McAfee, it demands $50 (£39) per victim to prevent the release of potentially sensitive data, which also includes Facebook chats, GPS locations and email correspondence, to the device’s stored contact list.

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