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New Report Shows Android Malware Often Disguised as Porn

Feb 4, 2018
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A new report is showing just how a lot of the Android malware is making it onto devices, and it all has to do with pornography. If you are on an Android, you should be leery if you decide to look up porn on your device as this is now one of the biggest ways to get malware. The report is coming from Kaspersky Lab, which is a cybersecurity firm based out of Russia. Read on to learn more about how the Android malware is being disguised as pornography and making it onto your Android device.

Android Malware Often Disguised as Pornography

In 2017, about 4.9 million people on Android devices encountered malware. The Android malware seems to have moved into the porn-related materials as over 1.2 million people ended up with malware that was disguised as pornography. That means about one-fourth of all malware on Android last year was the result of looking up pornography or porn-related materials. That is pretty surprising that this big of a chunk of Android malware ended up coming from porn-related websites and apps.

The trick of getting people to click on malware from porn-related content is not new, and it is really common actually. It is becoming more sophisticated though, and the malware itself is becoming more intrusive and dangerous. We say dangerous because a lot of fake porn apps have resulted in people losing thousands of dollars. In 2017, over $890,000 was stolen from people who had downloaded fake porn apps on their Android devices.

Twitter also had an issue as more than 90,000 bot accounts ended up leading people to a scam website that was disguised as porn. Disguising malware as porn is almost as old as the Internet itself, but it is much more dangerous on Android devices than on iOS or on desktop computers. Another thing here too, is that a lot of people still do not use virus scanners on their Android. This puts people at more risk, since regular scans are not being performed.

Android Malware Hiding as Porn is Dangerous to Users

The biggest issue when it comes to all of this is that clicker Trojans are becoming the weapon of choice for these hackers and scammers. This is when the malware will open up a page and then click on the various advertisements on the page. The attacker is earning fraudulent advertisement revenue from those clicks, and the Android device is having the battery life drained out of it.

The victim does not know this is going on most of the time, so the data usage is going through the room. This means that when you get your next phone bill, you are probably seeing a very high bill due to the data being consumed. Sometimes that could end up being more than 150MB just in one day, which is pretty significant.

Android Malware Entices People Looking for Porn

On Android alone, the researchers found over 23 different types of Android malware which were all using porn-related content as a gateway to entice the user. Ransomware and banking Trojans were pretty common as well, although the clicker malware was the biggest threat. There are also fake apps and fake video players that are pulling these things off, but a lot of the ransomware itself were from fake porn apps.

These fake porn apps with the ransomware would require you to pay a certain amount of money for your Android device to be unlocked. Ransomware also can change your PIN, which means your phone is locked and there is nothing you can do even if you got the malware off of the Android device. This is just the latest report to show how malware is growing and becoming more of a threat to Android. It is yet another reminder that if you watch porn on your Android device, you should only be going to safe, secure, and trusted websites or apps for that adult content.