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Android Porn App Takes Your Photo, Demands $500 Ransom

You mom was right about looking at porn. OK, it might not lead to hair on your palms but it could very well lead to you being hundreds of dollars poorer, phone-less and embarrassed.

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Android porn app locks down your phone, takes your picture and sends you a ransom note for $500.00/Image: Veooz

According to security experts at Zscaler, the Adult Player app for Android is actually malicious malware. Following the download of the porn app, the app requests to be given access to the smart phone.

Once the user gives permission, the malicious files are installed. This gives the hackers behind the app complete access to the front-facing camera of the Android device.

The hackers’ ransomware next photographs the user and stores the images. Then the hackers lock the smart phone and send ‘a digital ransom note” demanding $500.00.

The user is instructed to send the payment using PayPal. The hackers promise that once the payment is received they will delete the photographs and unlock the smart phone. Numerous sources now report that even if the user pays the ransom to the malicious porn app hackers, they may still be left with a locked smart phone.

Experts from Intel Security told the press that examples of this malicious software have been appearing at an increase of 127% since last year. Raj Samani, chief technology officer for Intel Security stated: “Apps like this rely on the embarrassment factor. If you don’t pay, your reputation is on the line.”

Zscaler offers a free step-by-step guide on how to remove the malicious porn app software. The steps are as follows:

  1. Boot smart phone into safe mode. (Note that entering ‘safe mode’ varies depending on your device). The safe mode boots your smart phone “with default settings without running third party apps.”
  2. “Uninstalling ransomware from device requires you to first remove administrator privilege. To do the same, go to Settings –> Security –> Device Administrator and select ransomware app, then deactivate.”
  3. You can now “go to Settings –> Apps –> Uninstall ransomware app.”

Zscaler concludes: “To avoid being victim of such ransomware, it is always best to download apps only from trusted app stores, such as Google Play. This can be enforced by unchecking the option of ‘Unknown Sources’ under the ‘Security’ settings of your device.”

Android Porn App Takes Your Photo, Demands $500 Ransom

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.