Don’t Be Fooled by This Bogus Porn App

Android users are getting caught with their pants down...
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How many times have you wanted to download a mobile porn app but were just too afraid of the consequences –- of someone finding out, of spyware, or of just feeling like an outright fiend? Now, you’ve got a million more reasons to fret that download.

A sinister new Android app called “Adult Player” has popped up, baiting users with the sweet promise of on-the-go adult video content. However, once the app has been activated, it surreptitiously snaps photos of users with front-facing cameras and locks their phones. Your involuntary nudes are then displayed on the screen along with a bogus FBI note, demanding $500 via PayPal. This app literally catches you with your pants down.

While the app doesn’t threaten to expose your involuntary selfies for all the world to see, the possibility is certainly implicit. “Apps like this rely on the embarrassment factor. If you don't pay, your reputation is on the line,” Raj Samani, chief technology officer for Intel Security in Europe, told the BBC.

The app was discovered by the security firm Zscaler, which notes that other examples of ransomware operating under the stealthy guise of ready-made porn curators have been found. Intel Security reports that instances of ransomware as a whole have increased by 127 percent over the past year. While desktop PCs are most commonly targeted, smartphones are proving increasingly lucrative. Hackers can make up to $75,000 in 10 weeks, the BBC reports.

If you do happen to find yourself on the losing end of this con game, Zscaler has some recommendations on their website. However, heeding a few preventative measures beforehand should be enough. Only download apps from trusted marketplaces, such as Google Play, the site recommends, and unclicking the option for “unknown sources” in security settings to be sure. 

Also, never, ever look at pornography. It's very naughty and your mother would be shocked.

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