App secretly takes your picture demands a $500 extortion payment.

Discussion in 'Technical' started by stg58, Sep 8, 2015.


  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    I am sure the app is not used by the folks here but it shows why I have electrical tape over the lens of my cameras when I am not taking video or pictures.
    It would seem that is just a matter of time if it has not already happened that an official app is hacked and does the same thing.
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    Porn app secretly takes your picture - Sep. 8, 2015

    There's a porn-watching app that secretly takes control of your phone, snaps your picture, locks you out of the device, then demands a $500 extortion payment.
    The cybersecurity firm Zscaler just discovered that this Android app, called "Adult Player," is actually just malware in disguise.

    It's easy to avoid, though. Adult Player can only be downloaded from illegitimate websites. If you follow a basic safety rule you're safe: Only download apps from the official Google Play store.

    This is the latest case of something called "ransomware." That's a type of malicious software that hijacks your computer or smart device, then demands payment to unlock it.
     
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  2. vonslob

    vonslob Monkey++

    If you play with s**t you will get it on you, and you don't s**t where you eat, these are words to live by
     
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  3. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    Doesn't google down load apps that take control of your camera and microphone ?? I could be very wrong in accusing Giggles of doing this..
     
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  4. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    Yeah, but was the porn any good?
     
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