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Cybersecurity firm Zscaler has discovered a new variant of malware that uses
pornography to lure people into downloading and installing it, then takes photos of them,hijacks the phone and demands a $500 ransom to be paid via Paypal.
The ransomware is disguised as a porn video player called “Adult Player”, which runs on Android operating systems. Unsurprisingly the malware app isn’t available at The Google PlayStore.
“When the victim starts using it, the app secretly takes a photo of the victim, which is then displayed on the ransomware screen, along with the ransom message,” Zscaler alerted netizens in a blog post .’The ransomware is designed to stay stagnant on screen and does not allow the the victim to uninstall it. ‘Rebooting the device does not work in such cases as ransomware app becomes active immediately after reboot, which leaves no scope for the victim to get into device “settings” and uninstall the ransomware.’The app seems to bank on the fact that people wouldn’t want anyone knowing they were using a porn app, so taking their photos and threatening to expose them unless you give them money seems like a pretty simple and effective tactic.

Adult Player app is not available in the official Google Play Store
Once download and installed secretly takes picture of users
Locks user’s device and displays a demand for $500 (£330 or #112,000)

what is Ransomware

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Ransomware gains access to a computer thevsame way as any kind of virus or computer worm – either through getting the user to open an infected email, navigate to a compromised website or install an infected program. Once inside a computer it can work in a several different ways. One of these is to bombard users with adverts, indecent images or bogus warnings until they pay to have them removed. Security Experts have however warned that paying the ransom doesn’t always solve the problem. This is kind of not surprising considering those perpetrators are nothing but criminals.

According to Zscaler millions of Android phones suffer a huge security flaw, giving hackers loopholes to break into devices. The same ‘remote support’ apps loaded on
phones and tablets made by HTC, LG,Samsung, and ZTE and many other manufacturers are vulnerable to the hack.The apps are given special access to the
phone, using digital certificates, which hackers can break into and then use. Exploiting the privileges could let people ‘steal personal data, track device locations, turn on microphones to record conversations and of course take pictures of porn app users’, according to Check Point, the security firm that found the hack have decided to name it a awkwardly geeky name; Certi-Gate (Whatever that means). The Check Point mobile threat research team disclosed its findings at a briefing session at Black Hat USA 2015 in Las Vegas, and describe it as ‘a previously unknown vulnerability in the architecture of popular mobile Remote Support Tools (RSTs) used by virtually every Android device manufacturer and network service provider.’
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According to Intel Security, this type of malware, known as “ransomware” has increased 127 percent since 2014. In interview with BBC raj samani, Chief technology officer for Intel security in Europe said that the increase
is mainly due to the fact that ransomware is “very easy to make” and could pay “more than $75,000 in just about 10 weeks.” Samoan told BBC that since some ransomware threatens to delete your files, keeping your files regularly backed up so you can wipe your phone if it becomes infected is a great precautionary measure. Everyone else who has been affected by the ransomware has been advised to restart their phone in safe mode. If you are worried you may fall a victim to ransomware by just innocently downloading Angry birds or something, Downloading from Google’s authorized official vendor; The play store can come handy and considerably reduce the risk of being a victim of malware attack. Adult Player wasn’t available in Google Play apps, and instead required users to install the files manually and change their phone settings to allow their phones to run apps from non-trusted sources. So as long as you’re downloading legit apps from Google PlayStore you should almost certainly be on the safe side.

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