Porn apps for Android caught stealing personal data

News by Danielle Correa

Porn apps for Android have been discovered stealing personal data from mobile devices.

Porn apps for Android have been discovered stealing personal data from mobile devices.

Zscaler researchers say a warning screen that falsely accuses Android users of watching images of child abuse comes from one of the malware types. The user will see a video player icon after they install the app on their device. The icon displays a fake US Cyber Emergency Response webpage at which point the malware then steals the user's SMS messages, contacts and email address.

The personal data is then uploaded to a command and control server. Luckily for the victims of the malevolent app, Zscaler found that the app doesn't require admin privileges to lock the device and is simple to remove.

Zscaler also found a Chinese SMS Trojan undercover as a ‘grumble flick' viewing app for Android. When installed by users, the malware tricks victims in order to steal their personal data by showing random adult sites. It sends the personal information in text messages to Chinese numbers in the background.

“We are seeing an increasing number of adult themed Android malware apps using pornography to lure victims. To avoid being a victim of such malware, it is always best to download apps only from trusted app stores, such as Google play,” Zscaler explained in an advisory message.

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