Android users are being warned to be on the lookout for a new type of ransomware that threatens to leak their private data to anyone in their contact book.
The malicious software, called LeakerLocker, is being spread through bogus apps on the Google Play store.
Once installed, the malware claims to have made a backup of personal images, messages, browsing history and other sensitive info.
It then threatens to forward these details to all of the user’s family, friends and colleagues stored on the device, unless a ransom of $50 is paid.
The malware was discovered by experts at computer security firm McAfee.
The virus was found in at least two apps on offer on the Play store, called Booster & Cleaner Pro and Wallpapers Blur HD.
McAfee advises users of infected devices to not pay the ransom as this will lead to more attacks of this type.
There is also no guarantee that the information will be released or used to blackmail victims again.