Google Play Responds to One-Click App Porn Scam

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Google Play has responded to a report from Symantec by removing more than 200 pornographic one-click apps, which were designed to lure Japanese-speaking Android users to register for a paid service costing roughly (US) $1,000.

After reporting the scam in a blog on Monday, Symantec notified Google.

One-Click App Scam

“One-click refers to a scam that attempts to lure users interested in adult-related video to a site that attempts to trick the user into signing up for a paid service,” wrote Symantec’s Joji Hamada in the blog.

This type of scam is not new, as similar scams have been prevalent on the computer for years. However, with smartphone usages increasing dramatically, more and more scams are now targeting the smartphone user base.

The apps in question would show up in Japanese keyword searches for adult videos and content. Typically, “the apps only require the user to accept the ‘Network communication’ permission, although some variants do not require the user to accept any permissions. This is because the app is simply used as a vehicle to lure users to the scam by opening fraudulent porn sites. The app itself has no other functionality,” according to the blog.

After receiving notification of these one-click apps, Google took them down from the Google Play store. The company also suspended more than 50 developers and accounts associated with the fraudulent applications.

However, as anyone who has dealt with software scams and viruses can tell you, this isn’t likely to be over. Software scams are like weeds. Get rid of one, and two more appear. Google has done a great deal to improve the security of apps, including extensive malware screens, but with its somewhat open app store (at least compared to Apple’s App Store) there are still serious threats to be considered.

Users need to be mindful of the apps they download.

 

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