Analysts at Zscaler, an information security company have put out an alert on an Android porn app that takes photos of the person using it.

It says the unsuspecting users whose compromising photos are taken are then blocked out from using their phones by the application. The porn app called Adult Player then sends a digital ransom note asking for $500 (approx. N100,000) before the phone is unlocked by the people behind the software. These type of malicious software are called ransomware and are on the increase.

Some victims complained that despite paying the ransom, their phones were not unlocked.

Fortunately, Zscaler provided a solution to getting rid of the malicious ransomware without having to pay a kobo. The phone should be booted up in safe mode, where – once in device administrator mode – the app can be selected and disabled.

As expected, Adult Player is not available on Google Play, but Android users can download from external websites or other third party markets. Zscaler said people should only install apps from the official store, and urged people to backup their data so if they are hit by ransomware attackers they can wipe their device and reload their data.