Watching porn on your Android phone? Beware of infected apps!

Android phones running KitKat or earlier versions of Android are vulnerable to around a hundred porn apps which may affect such phones with lock screen apps that are difficult to remove.

Security researcher Alex Dubrovsky says such apps are presently not stealing data or demanding cash, but people behind such apps may do so in the future.

'We have found over a 100 different apps that contain this malware and suspect that the authors behind the apps are gearing up for a much larger more deadly assault. This lock screen is spreading mainly via Porn related apps,' said Dubrovsky.

Beware this porn app. You are being watched too!

For those who regularly visit porn apps on their old Android phones, there's a big chance that such apps may lock their phone screens and they would have no way to find a way around such malicious applications. However, Dubrovsky says that victims can still come out of the trap fairly easily compared to other malicious apps that infect the latest Android operating systems. He believes that the mechanism behind such malicious apps may not have been implemented completely but their presence does not bode well for the future. He fears that these apps may be used as ransomware in the future unless they are nipped in the bud.

‘Based on some of the components it appears that this campaign is still in its early stages and will evolve over time. It is interesting to note that there is no demand for ransom of any kind, also the fact that the victim can come out of this view gives an indication that this mechanism might not be completely implemented,’ he added.

This malware can change your Android phone's PIN!

Back in September, a porn app named 'Adult Player' caused havoc among users by taking their pictures using the front cameras in their phones while they were accessing the app. The app then showed them their pictures and demanded them to pay £330 to avoid being arrested. The app also locked phone screens and displayed a message that was purportedly sent by the FBI.

Another porn app named Porn Droid emerged around the same time and was notorious for changing the PIN in Android phones, rendering them unusable. As per reports, Porn Droid also made users view a notice from FBI claiming that they have viewed “prohibited pornography" and need to pay a $500 fine within three days. 

Both Adult Player and Porn Droid gained administrator rights on Android phones through deceptive means and thus made users vulnerable to their maleficient methods. Secret porn viewers were more vulnerable to fall for their deception as the question of criminality forced them to accept their demand for ransom.

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  1. Guest
    Guest17th May 2016

    The answer is if you watch porn on your mobile use browser only not a stupid app.

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