As a porn app disguised malware modifies PIN Android smartphones

Sep

11

2015

As a porn app disguised malware application has found a way to change the PIN code of smartphones. The app obtains the rights to do so by requesting access, but the malware creators have that window hidden behind its own window.

If the malware asks for Device Administrator rights, which it can change the PIN code of the lock screen, then there lays a separate window over which the Update patch installation ‘calls, writes security company ESET, the malware found.

Users can see a variety of ways that something is wrong, such as the changing color of the notification bar and the window itself. In the app, the malware authors refer users to Redtube.com For more information about the patch. That site, however, usually contains no information about patches from Google and there is a chance that people who install a porn app know.

If the malware has changed the PIN code, it asks via a screen that should resemble a notification from the American FBI to police the amount of $ 500 to unlock the phone. By putting the phone back to factory settings can users get rid of the malware. It is also possible to remove the malware in Safe Mode.

The victims until now seem to mostly be in the United States, says ESET. The application is not in Google Play Store, but victims need to install the app separately available from download stores from third parties or the installer, for example forums.

The porn app called Porn Droid is not the first app of this genre which used porn as a cover for malware on Android. Some time ago discovered security company Zscaler an app called Adult Player, which makes a picture visualises the front camera and selfie when asking for a monetary amount. There have been numerous attempts to distribute malware on Android, but the impact is limited because these apps are hardly in the Play Store and few Android users outside trusted download stores to install apps

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