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Android porn app snaps pic of user, locks it on home screen with $500 ransom demand

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    Some unlucky individuals thought they had downloaded the Android app Adult Player to watch porn videos, but the app silently takes a photo of users while they use the app and then displays the image on the home screen along with a ransom note demanding $500.

    Researchers from Zscaler’s ThreatLab first discovered the “new mobile ransomware variant that leverages pornography to lure victims into downloading and installing it.” Perhaps the desire for viewing porn is stronger than common sense as the permissions asked to be activated as device admin. It asks for the right to monitor screen-unlock attempts and to “lock the phone or erase all the phone’s data if too many incorrect passwords are typed.”

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