Tuesday 8 May 2012

Porn to steal your data on Android

Manga sexyAs often the pornographic content is very attiring for the little geeks in lack of sex! Android does not make an exception. Although the pornographic contents are censured in the applications on the official market, we can find some porn elsewhere and some apps are borderline of what is accepted by the puritan American giant Google.

Some of these applications, which attract you for example with manga trailers or Japanese porn, hide in fact unpleasant sendings of your personal information. Some were identified but the passion for sexy content can only encourage to prudence with this kind of applications. You are now warned! ;-)

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Carlos Castillo, specialist in malwares for McAfee, explains that the new Trojan horse was for the moment discovered in 15 Android applications hosted on Google Play Store. For the moment, it seems that they aim only the Japanese users and that use mainly online trailers to achieve their misdeeds.
Source Porn against personal data: be careful to Trojans on Android! (french)

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In the authorizations to be given to the application there is the permission to reach our contacts and the state of the smartphone, which enables it to catch the Android identifier, the phone number and the whole list of the contacts and all information affiliated to them. Then the application only have to send this data to its server. The good news is it's really possible to see the promised trailers in return.

These applications were withdrawn from the market but among the thousands of others, it's difficult to say if they are all "clean". No problem with the applications which require only adequate authorizations, but remember to be careful and grant your confidence only to the recognized developers. :-)


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