Malware porn app would secretly take pictures of you and demand ransom

Malware porn app would secretly take pictures of you and demand ransom
Security researchers are waving the red flag about a malicious 'ransomware' porn app called Adult Player that is plaguing Android phones of careless, lustful users. American security company Zscaler found that the app would secretly take pictures of the user with the front-facing camera and then use those pictures to blackmail them and ask for a $500 ransom be paid via PayPal.

Before putting the blame on Android first, though, do keep in mind that Adult Player is not available on Google's official Play Store - you have to actually download an APK file and sideload it, deliberately telling the system to switch off all defenses in order for this ransomware to work.

Still, it's worth mentioning this latest malware to warn users that it is never a good idea to download untrusted and unknown apps from sources you know nothing about. And the fact that this is a pornographic app should only make you even more careful about having to deal with a virus on your phone.

Right below, you can see pictures of how the Adult Player app blackmailed users:


It also throws in a few accusations to scare its careless users: "Your device has been blocked for safety reasons listed below. All your files are encrypted. You are accused of viewing/storage and/or dissemination of banned pornography (child pornography/zoophilia/rape etc.)"

The malware is also set to start on your phone even after you reboot the device and continue asking for money.

If for some weird reason you are one of the affected, the way to get rid of the nasty software is to simply boot up your Android phone in safe mode, where you can select and disable the app. But really, you should just not even think about downloading such shady apps in the first place.

source: ZScaler

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40 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

Who plays porn on apps and why would you download such?

12. MSi_GS70 unregistered

There are so many idiots and sick f**ks u woud be surprised..

2. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Android needs some better restrictions for installing apk. Not because it's bad but because there are people who put themselves and others at risk for stupid reasons and low knowledge base.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You already can't install apks by default You need to change a setting to allow it which gives a warning message Also you get a warning message and have to accept to start the download as well Stupid people will always find a way to mess up Like gaming64 said, who downloads porn apps anyway? Just use incognito mode lol

32. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I haven't downloaded something outside the Play store for some time, but don't you also get a warning about permissions? If so, wouldn't it be a huge red flag that the app wants to use your camera? That said, too many apps request too many permissions. It took me forever to find a "family tracker" app that didn't request over 5 permissions.

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Why? You have to disable the security to do it and when you do, you get warned. People who get malware from 3rd party app stores, can only blame themselves.

26. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yeah so punish all the users becaues of a bunch of idiots. Great plan. Sorry if you want restrictions buy an idevice.

28. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Or buy a feature phone. No apps, no malware, no nothing. Just fantastic battery life.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

People download s**t and then they pay the price!

5. gaming64 unregistered

Why does this sh*t exist anyway?

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Because stupid people are still falling for it

13. gaming64 unregistered

Don't know why people who fall for this sh*t still exist in the 21st Century. Humanity is getting more and more uncivilized.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, there's also plenty of other silly scams people fall for e.g. I get calls from a "Microsoft employee" at least once a month (actually happen earlier tonight lol)

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The simple answer is there are many protections in place to keep them from being thinned from the herd. We've fought natural selection to keep the idiots around, and now we're supposed to elect one this November.

42. AlikMalix unregistered

I have never agreed with anything more than this post. +1

31. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Rather than uncivilized, I think the word you were looking for was "stupid" or perhaps "moronic." We like to think that humans are intelligent, but most of them are really F'n morons.

4. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Lol. as cruel as it is.. it's kind of brilliant idea to make money..

10. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lol this is a new one... Smart though.

15. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Who downloads porn apps on their phone? Lol, that's shady but smart. Just use incognito mode though.

16. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

How Would This Even Work On A Guy, If It Was Me I Would Hold My Phone In My Hand While I Watched It, The Way The Camera Is Facing They Wouldn't Get Any Pictures Worthy Of Blackmail. SMH At The Poor Saps That Have Paid The $500.

39. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

As you can see , the fraud app tell him that they catched him watching something that is illegal to watch (pedophile or similar) and if he doesn't give money then his name would be in trouble with his own picture (claimed to be proof). Even if it wasn't proof on the court, people may think of that man on a bad way and for 500$ a lot of people don't want that trouble and they don't have enough legal or tech knowledge to know how all of these can work( it is hard for them to ask a relative who know of these stuff) Sorry for the long comment

41. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Saw That But Honestly I Could Care Less That They Took a Pic Of Me Watching Porn And Then Fed Me Some Bullcrap Line About Turing Me In For Watching Illegal Content, I'd Just Uninstall The App LOL.

17. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Advantage=Apple with their closed iOS platform. Users of Android still need not worry. Simply put tape over your camera lenses.

20. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I don't exactly see the advantage Apple has there, since Android doesn't let you download apps from external sources without express permission and deliberate action. If I recall correctly, iOS can download apps from Safari, as I once did, so how is that any different and safer than Android?

21. gaming64 unregistered

Yes, you can also directly download apps from Safari. Second, I actually use one of these Safari apps and i'm still free from any malware or scams. Like I said before, only stupid people for for sh*t because of lack of knowledge, ignorance, and stupidity.

23. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I only got one once, some time ago. It was that Gameboy Advance emulator, and it worked really well with no malware or the like. Well, as well as it could on an iPhone 4 running iOS 7... But people are arguing that iOS is more secure because of how it's "closed". But if anyone on iOS can get apps off of the browser, how is that any different from downloading apps from a browser on Android? That's all I was saying.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

In Android you have to enable "install from other sources" and doing so gives you a warning that by doing that it may harm your device. You can only do so much to protect an idiot from doing idiotic things. After that it's their responsibility.

18. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

I have to admit this is pretty damn funny

22. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just wow, don't people know that porn streaming sites are already scattered in the web? You should be so gullible and slow to download a porn app.

27. 497362

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

if I was Google I would make apps like this to scare users away from play store alternatives. one app could be worth millions in kept business for Google. of that, just a few hundred thousand to bribe senators and security officials and the rest is profit. welcome to earth.

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