Do you watch porn on your phone? This app may be taking photos to blackmail you.

Do you watch porn on your phone? This app may be taking photos to blackmail you.
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Security experts discovered a malicious Android app with a particularly sinister M.O.

Porn and smartphones: the two defining industries of the 21st century. But when combined, they have the potential for true disaster. That day has come, and no mobile masturbator is safe.

Security experts at Zscaler have discovered an Android app called "Adult Player" that contains malware with an unimaginably evil purpose. Horny Android users are meant to assume it's just a video player for naughty clips, but in reality, it's nothing but a self-contained blackmail program. And just for kicks, it locks your phone in the process.

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Nothing suspicious about that hand-bra icon.

If you're foolish (or horny) enough to install this anonymous third-party app, the first thing it will do is ask for certain administrator rights for your phone. If you're the kind of person who clicks "yes" on this part without reading it, you deserve what happens next.

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Clicking "Activate" gives it permission to ruin your life.
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To be fair, this screen doesn't mention most of the permissions the app actually acquires: most notably, access to the front-facing camera. As soon as you click through, the app will discreetly take a photo of you, like a selfie paparazzo. Next thing you know, you'll be faced with this screen:

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Oh no! Obama found out you touch yourself!

Once you're dumb enough to get this far, your phone is locked. You can't exit the app or use your device at all. It won't even let you turn off the screen. And if you force your phone to reboot, it will still be there when it comes back on. Page 2 of the ransom note gives you a very expensive option to get your phone back and delete the photos of your "O" face.

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You have to use PayPal? Now this is getting sketchy.

Of course, paying up won't actually free your phone. Why would the scammers bother with that part? The only way to delete the app is to boot your phone into safe mode. Zscaler included detailed instructions on their website. But we really hope no one reading this will need them.

There is a way to avoid this scam and similar ones: only download approved apps from the Google Play store. Or you could buy an iPhone, and then nobody would scam you but Apple.

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In the end, it's always best to play it safe and not download porn apps on your phone. If you need to use your phone to masturbate, do it the traditional way: Instagram.

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