Porn App Holds Android Users Hostage

Usually I try to be all Mr Moral High Ground with illegal hacker behavior, but in this case I think users got what they deserved and a little something extra: a lesson.android-phone

There’s an Android app promising bounteous free porn, downloadable at unofficial sites rather than from the Google Play store. I’m not going to say much more about it, but it’s not hard to find if you do a little searching.

Upon starting, it asks for administrator access to the device, which is a sentient person’s first clue that they’re dealing with a scam and should run away fast.

But … FREE PORN!

Once you give this permission, it snaps your picture with the front facing camera, and uses that pictures to create a message demanding $500, payable to a Paypal account. Then it locks your phone. You can’t unlock it with a reboot, but it should be possible to delete the app in safe mode.

A security firm named Zscaler found the app, and are reporting that some people do not get their phones unlocked even after paying the ransom. 

Honestly, anyone who proceeds through any individual stage in this process is not smart or responsible enough to have a mobile device, so locking their Androids is probably best for everyone.

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