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Your Android phone viewed illegal porn. To unlock it, pay a $300 fine


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:58 PM

Researchers have uncovered Android-based malware that disables infected handsets until end users pay a hefty cash payment to settle trumped-up criminal charges involving the viewing of illegal pornography.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/05/your-android-phone-viewed-illegal-porn-to-unlock-it-pay-a-300-fine/

Edit: Moved topic from Cell Phones to the more appropriate forum.~ Animal

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

As Spock would say- "Fascinating". I have AVG installed on my phone, which scans all data sent to my phone except SMS and emails.

 

I wonder if connecting your phone to a PC could be a way to remove it?


Edited by Netghost56, 07 May 2014 - 03:02 PM.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 06:09 PM

I guess people will never learn. Don't allow third party installs and don't install those unknown apps. Problem solved.

Quote below from the article.

To be infected, a user must change Android settings to allow out-of-market apps and then manually install the APK.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:44 PM

@ Animal, Thanks for moving the thread.

 

Some people never learn, How many run around with their droid rooted? I know a few people that use pirate sites to download games for droid, Yes real safe. And they use the Phone for banking.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:23 PM

Nothing like self inflicted mortal wounds. That's the one thing I wish more people understood. With Android malware you the user have to install it. It doesn't self extract. So all these hyperbolic claims of Android being so vulnerable, they are right to a point. The user installs the malware. The major vulnerability lies with the user. Not the device.

@NickAu1 You're quite welcome, for the move. That's what we are here for.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 07:50 AM

 


I wonder if connecting your phone to a PC could be a way to remove it?


I dare say via adb you could uninstall it, if you have usb debugging enabled (which might be a risk in itself ;) )

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:51 PM

Soooooooo just to be clear on this fellas; if you 'jailbreak' or root your phone (I understand these terms to be interchangeable) that's what opens it up to being susceptible to being infected?

 

I hope that question makes sense. 



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:19 AM

There are two things that I think are what makes it most susceptible:

 

1. Allowing installation of 3rd party apps.

 

2. Enabling USB debugging.

 

Both of these will circumvent the built-in safeguards in the Android OS, allowing viruses to take hold.



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 09:27 AM

Interesting.  And good to know!

 

I think the bottom line is to just pay for the level of service that you want.  I s'pose I can handle that.

 

Rock solid advice in this thread.






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