We use are phones for just about everything these days, but if you are among users who view adult video’s on your ‘smart phone’, you might be in for the shock of your life!
A security firm has discovered an evil phone app out there that secretly snaps photos of the phone’s user using their phone’s front facing camera.
But wait!! As if that wasn’t enough, the app also uses the image it captured to strong arm the phone’s owner into sending payment or be ‘outed’!
Details about this shocking phone app below…
According to Gizmodo, it’s been revealed that the “Adult Player” Android app has been secretly taking photos of users – and seeks cash from it’s victims in exchange for deletion of the photos.
Security firm Zscaler was first to spot the app, which presents itself as a normal video playing app, albeit for playing videos of an adult nature.
“During the course of our daily malware hunt, we came across a new mobile ransomware variant which leverages pornography to lure victims into downloading and installing it,” claimed the firm.
The ransom screen stays persistent even at reboot. It does not allow the user to operate the device and keeps the screen active with ransom messages, Zscaler said. (source)
For the record, the ‘Adult Player’ is one that has to be installed manually by the phone’s user (it isn’t available on ‘Google Play’), checking the box in settings to allow their phones to run apps from non-trusted sources.
That being said, there’s no need to be too nervous about downloading new apps to your phone if it’s actually listed in the app store. Also, most apps have to get explicit permission prior to using your camera and/or microphone, so choose wisely!
To avoid being the victim of such evilware, the security firm advises Android phone users to download apps only from trusted app stores, such as Google Play.