Been watching porn on an old Android smartphone? You could be in trouble

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Bad news if you have been watching porn on an old Android smartphone.

More than 100 fake porn apps have been discovered which are infecting phones running Android KitKat or earlier earlier versions of Google’s mobile operating system.

The apps which are being advertised on some porn sites and promise free of charge access to more than 100,000 videos are infecting phones and adding an embarrassing pornographic image to the lock screen of phones and tablets, which users report has been difficult to remove.

Researchers believe the apps could be used to steal personal data or carry out ransomware attacks.

Dell security researcher Alex Dubrovsky has warned users running Android KitKat after discovering malware which is being spread on Android via the fake porn apps.

“We have found over a 100 different apps that contain this malware and suspect that the authors behind the apps are gearing up for a much larger more deadly assault”, Dubrovsky said in a blog post.

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Dubrovsky added that at present the malware is just locking phones and has so far not been used to try and steal cash, suggesting it is only in its early stages.

“Based on some of the components it appears that this campaign is still in its early stages and will evolve over time”
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“It is interesting to note that there is no demand for ransom of any kind, also the fact that the victim can come out of this view gives an indication that this mechanism might not be completely implemented.”

Last year and app called Porn Droid took control of user’s phones by changing their PIN.

Users then received a fake message which claimed to be from the FBI. The message warned the user that they had watched “prohibited pornographic content” and that they needed to pay a $500 fine.

Last year there were more than 2,543 ransomware hackings reported to the FBI, accounting for a total loss of more than $24.1 million.

If you are going to watch porn on your smartphone or tablet, make sure you have up to date antivirus or anti-malware app installed on your device.

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