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Watching porn on Android smartphones can lead to malware attack

By: The Mobile Indian network, New Delhi Last updated : February 01, 2018 1:08 pm

Over 25.4 percent of smartphone users suffered from porn-disguised malware attacks in 2017.
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Can you believe it, in 2017 over 1.2 million mobile users across the world were attacked by malicious programmes when they porn on the android based devices. So  If you are an Android smartphone user, you should be careful of watching porn on your device.

 

"Over 25.4 percent of smartphone users came into contact with porn-disguised malware in 2017' revealed a research report by Kaspersky Lab. In the report, they further highlighted 23 families of malware that use porn content to hide their real functionality.

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The research showed that when downloading an unknown porn application, users are at greatest risk of being infected with so-called clickers. Once downloaded, the malware begins to click through ad-links or try to subscribe the user to a WAP-subscription in order to drain their pre-paid mobile credit, the report said.

 

The company further revealed that there are Banking Trojans disguised as porn video players, which are the second most widespread type of porn-powered malware. These type of malware basically locks the device screen and shows a message stating that illegal content (usually child porn) has been detected on the device, and the device has therefore been locked. In order to unlock the device, the victim has to pay a ransom.

 

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“Although we can’t say that porn-themed mobile applications are technically very different to those that do not use porn in their activities, there are a few specifics when it comes to attacks with porn-powered malicious applications. A victim who has been compromised with an adult content-enabled malicious program might think twice before reporting the incident, simply because the very fact that they were trying to find porn content is viewed critically.

 

“Therefore, from the attacker’s perspective, such a person is a much more convenient victim. This is one of the reasons why we see so many attacks with porn malware. The other one is much simpler: people are consuming ever more content via mobile. This includes adult content as well,” said Roman Unuchek, a security expert at Kaspersky Lab.


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