This Porn App Blackmails Users By Claiming They Watch Child Porn

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Cybercriminals have come up with another new way of stealing from phone users – a new ‘ransomware’ app that scares users by claiming they’ve been watching child porn.

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Web security gateway Zscaler reported on a new Android app called Adult Player which takes a photo of the user, then shows a message claiming the FBI know they have been watching child porn. It goes on to tell you the device has been locked demanding you pay a $500 (£330) fine to re-access your phone.

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The ransom screen stays in place even if the device is rebooted although it can be removed by booting the gadget into safe mode. Don’t worry though – it’s all a scam. The FBI aren’t onto you, you won’t be getting an unwanted knock on your door at five in the morning and the police won’t confiscate your laptop.

The app is just a scam designed by cybercriminals to steal money. It is currently doing the rounds on unofficial app stores. Zscaler advises:

It is always best to download apps only from trusted app stores, such as Google Play. This can be enforced by unchecking the option of ‘Unknown Sources’ under the ‘Security’ settings of your device.

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I think we all know the best way to avoid it don’t we? Don’t be naughty, your mum would be so disappointed…


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