Symantec warns of one-click Japanese porn fraud apps invasion in the Google Play Store


Now don't ask us what are the security honchos from Symantec doing writing search words for Japanese porn in Google Play, but it's a fact, and what they found is an influx of one-click fraud apps for Android from there.

Japan and South Korea is currently where Android devs are making out like bandits with things like fantasy and card game apps, but some of them apparently decided they can make a bit more money on the side making one-click frauds that are essentially a front for subscription to adult websites.

Symantec quickly found more than 200 such apps submitted by 50 different devs, that ask users to sign up for services that sometimes cost the equivalent of a grand in dollars. It would certainly be embarrassing if someone founds such a subscription in your card statement, but the security specialist thinks it is actually more because of the affiliate money that pays devs for clicks and visits, rather than the hope someone will slip and sign up by chance. 

Some of the devs behind the frauds also publish dating service apps, known to smell fishy in Japan, so Symantec obviously recommends using its own mobile protection software to go with your Android device, in case you are interested in the underground world of Japanese dating.

source: Symantec via PCMag

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20 Comments

1. sprucex unregistered

Though this a serious issue ans brings disrepute on to the play store and Google, Symantec is a joke company who had their entire source code hacked and stolen from them for years and they didnt even know.

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

JAV b =w= d But why would you want to download videos with your phone's data? That's what i'll never understand.

20. rivaldos

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

coz we has hack our telcos and have unlimited data plan lol.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Google needs to start regulating the play store properly, enough with this trash banners that pop up in your notification drawer cause you have the N64 emulator from the play store, it doesn't even filter tablet apps, most my iconia apps are carp looking scaled phone apps. The market on Android is a joke, after 5 years its still crap, better than before but crap. Not even the 12 year old girls that cry here about Android being the greatest thing they've ever seen as if iOS is murdering their family on phonearena can make excuses for how crap the Market it.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

But the market isn't crap. This is 200 apps out of nearly a million. I'l take those kinds of odds in a free market, which is what the Play Store essentially is.

6. Yaldo_27

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

But the quality of the apps in the google play store isn't good enough. 75% of the apps were crap.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I double dog dare you to tell me that percentage is ANYTHING but arbitrary.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google really does. This happens far too often than it should.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

A relatively minor problem is blown up into a big deal by an antivirus company. As usage of Windows declines, they're grasping at straws now.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Denial doesn't eliminate the problem Sniggly.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Huh. This is ironic.

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For gods-sake do you hear yourself right now?

14. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

wth does windows have to do with this?? Symantec's job is to detect malware on any platform. And it IS a big deal. Whats worse, is that after reading this title, I bet a bunch of ppl went and downloaded it anyway. Curiosity killed the cat.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Seriously, Google needs to take care this sort of problem. We want a peaceful, full loads of games and apps, not full-loads of......"porn"! O_o

16. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I must agree/disagree

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Your choice! You can't choose vice-versa!

12. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I fail to see how this Google's problem, open source is open source.. the same principles you apply to internet should be sanctioned on an open soruce platform. If a user downloads this and gets a virus then its their fault for being naive, if you are looking at porn on the internet and pop up comes saying download 10,000 movies for free now and you do it then its not Microsoft fault. Never had one virus in 4 years of android ownership... morons are gonna act morons. As for Symantic... never trust or believe anyone who telling you there is a problem who are also selling you the solution.

13. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

LOL... this is not just an android problem, as Symantec wants to sell folks on their own mobile protection... "Symantec obviously recommends using its own mobile protection software to go with your Android device.." This is a problem with every platform that's out there. There are fraud sites every where, not just apps in the mobile arena. People just need to be more vigilant. Symantec is a failed company anyway. They buy up good products and trash them. Just my opinion.

15. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

its the android cataclysm

19. f1r3z0r

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

btw PORN is free online....

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