Adult Porn App Blackmails Its Victims Using Their Own Photos

Adult Player, a vicious pornography Android application, blackmails its users by taking photos of them.

The app, which can`t be found on the official Google Play store, secretly takes a picture of its victims and then displays it on the screen to demand a ransom of $500. A warning message appears on the device`s display saying that the device will be unlocked once the payment is done.

In order to run its mischievous files the ransomware requires an admin access. Once given, it takes a photo of the victim and sends it to the attacker`s servers, alongside the other device information it has gathered.

When the servers receive the stolen data the warning message is displayed and the device is locked. The message tries to mislead the victims by stating that their devices have been locked “for safety reasons listed below”.

The malicious app was detected by the Zscaler security firm. The researchers also said that Adult Player is not the first ransomware to use pornography to extort it users and other very similar applications had been discovered recently.

Earlier this year the analogous app Porn Droid was caught forcing its targets to pay a ransom so they can use their devices again.

In Porn Droid`s case, however, the message that appeared was, supposedly, from the FBI saying that “forbidden pornographic sites” had been detected and the user should pay a fine. The amount of money victims had to pay for the “crime” was $500.

All Android users are once again advised to only download applications from legitimate sources.

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