This Android app promises porn,
but will root and install malware

June 18 2016 8:19 AM

File image from the official Android Twitter account
File image from the official Android Twitter account

Here’s another reason to avoid apps that offer porn: chances are, they may be malware in disguise.

The latest such app, dubbed VideoCharm, is bundled with some new apps and featuring some new behavioral tricks, Bitdefender said.

“(VideoCharm) lures users by saying that it enables them to view porn-related videos. However, it also repeatedly prompts the user to install other apps – sometimes even different versions of the same app – that are malicious. If you hit ‘Cancel,’ the popup will disappear for a while, but it will show up again prompting the installation of other apps,” it said in a blog post.

Bitdefender said the app, once run, displays a list of porn videos from an attacker-controlled server.

The app then downloads four zip files on the SD card, with the four files rooting the host device so it can manipulate system files and update itself without asking the user’s permission.

“While some of the installed apps are usually porn related, there’s the occasional exception where it downloads apps with cat images. However, most involve some sort of nudity and explicit content,” it said. MC

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