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Porn app secretly takes photos of users to ransom them

A US internet security firm has discovered smartphone malware disguised as a free porn service that covertly takes pictures of users through the front camera and then demands ransom from them, threatening the victim with disclosure of personal information.

A malicious program called ‘Adult Player’ masquerades as a video service offering free pornography, the American Zscaler internet security company found. After installation, if a front-facing camera is available, the malware takes a covert snap shot of the user. Then it locks the smartphone, displaying a ransom banner that is very difficult to bypass.

© research.zscaler.com

The app demands $500 to release control of the device and reappears even after rebooting the smartphone.

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