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Japanese mobile users are being warned not to download an Android app promising to allow them to see through clothes with the phone’s camera, as the malware hidden within will steal address book data and try to blackmail them to the tune of ¥29,000 (£202). The app's first manifestation is usually an SMS message appearing to …

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  1. MrT

    Really...?

    So that app doesn't actually work...?

    Damn.

    Still, at least I've got something to look forward to - have just replied 'yes' to all of the penis enlargement offer emails - my suits are at the tailors already being altered as we speak - and am waiting for the package to be forwarded by the Irish ambassador who is holding it for me in Dulles Airport...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Really...?

      Just like those adverts for x-ray specs 20 years ago.

      Aimed at a certain gullible demographic, the Android user.

      At least the Apple censors would have seen this coming, though if it had got past them downloads would probably have been in the millions.

      1. Oliver Mayes

        @AC

        You really think Apple would have caught something like this?

        Just look at the hundreds of 'mirror' apps in the Apple App store, they just turn the screen black so you can see yourself in the reflection. Apple make no attempt to stop those sort of scams.

        1. Dana W

          Re: @AC

          The mirror apps are not malware though, just dumb. Different thing entirely.

      2. Ian Yates
        Devil

        Re: Really...?

        I was under the impression that it wasn't actually in the Google Play store, users needed to download it specifically and install it, which would require them to have already turned off the secure sources option (a stupid thing to do, unless you're dev'ing or pirating).

    2. tony2heads
      Joke

      @MrT

      I have to inform you that the ambassador has been diverted to Lagos

      1. wowfood
        Holmes

        Re: @MrT

        Diverted? Or did he just arrive via Ryanair

  2. Piro Silver badge

    This gave me an idea

    Why not make a 'real' X-Ray nudity app.

    Augmented Reality! Detect the features and outline of a person, toss some porno imgaes on top of that!

    Point it at some mounds, get some digitally enhanced, bare ones on screen in place of them!

    Maybe it exists..

    1. Dave 126

      Re: This gave me an idea

      I haven't tried it, but unless the tracking was very accurate, there would be a risk of falling into the 'uncanny valley'. It might be more suitable for 'cartoonising' the subjects, for fun and giggles though.

      Of course, you could cover the subject in ping pong balls on a stage next to a render farm, as was done on Avatar- a rough rendering was done in real time during the actors performances, to give the crew an idea of what the eventual scene would look like.

  3. Dave 126

    A batch of Sony camcorders...

    ...were withdrawn from sale many years ago, because of the way a 'low light mode' was implemented. However, this Infra Red detection actually made people look as if they were just wearing underwear.

    Those units that Sony couldn't recall sold out very quickly indeed.

    1. mickey mouse the fith

      Re: A batch of Sony camcorders...

      "...were withdrawn from sale many years ago, because of the way a 'low light mode' was implemented. However, this Infra Red detection actually made people look as if they were just wearing underwear."

      You can do that with pretty much any camera with a true infrared nightvision mode, just put a bit of exposed 35mm film over the lens and switch on the night vision. More bra`s n panties than an m&s department store.

      Works best on cotton garments, doesnt work on nylon very well.

      The Sony nightvision camcorder I had was great for playing gulf war in the garden, It really was good for the time/price.

      /is not a perv, honest

  4. Crisp

    I can understand why people were duped

    After all, airport security has those machines that can see through clothes.

    I do worry about the kind of person that thinks a free app will do the same job though.

    1. Dave 126

      Re: I can understand why people were duped

      >I do worry about the kind of person that thinks a free app will do the same job though.

      Yeah, you'd expect that you'd at least have to prise the camera module apart and remove the IR filter.

      In other news, pills won't make your member bigger, belly fat can be shed by diet and exercise, and girls in Basingstoke do not want to meet you.

      1. Danny 14
        Joke

        Re: I can understand why people were duped

        viagra does make you member "grow". Belly fat can also be gotten rid of with dysentry and you really dont want to meet the girls in basingstoke (especially the festival on a saturday).

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I can understand why people were duped

        "girls in Basingstoke do not want to meet you."

        The feeling is mutual.

        1. Dave 126

          Re: I can understand why people were duped

          I have nothing against girls in Basingstoke, but always found it a strange claim on pesky web adverts, since I live no where near Basingstoke. Nor, as far as I know, does Basingstoke enjoy the same reputation in popular culture as, say, Ipanema or California.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: I can understand why people were duped

            Chances are the advertisers' geolocation software *thinks* you're in Basingstoke and is attempting to personalise it with pretend "local" girls. It probably has something to do with the location of your ISP's servers or infrastructure and that's the nearest it can (or can't) guess your true location.

            I've had similarly stupid attempts from ads that think I'm in the south of England (I'm actually in Scotland).

  5. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    If the Android user decides to follow the link and download the app

    Errm, so it's not on the Play Store then...

    This simply highlights WHY users shouldn't disable the Android security that prevents sideloading, despite what Facebook and Amazon would like you to do....

  6. Amorous Cowherder
    Facepalm

    For the lover of all that's Holy!

    "an Android app promising to allow them to see through clothes with the phone’s camera"

    I know "there's one born every minute" but for fuck's sake! People that stupid really do need locking up for their own protection!

  7. Irongut
    Holmes

    And the "No Shit, Sherlock" award for stating the blindingly fucking obvious goes to... Symantec!

  8. TheBoyBailey

    It might see through underware but I bet puts a pixel mask over the important parts .....

  9. The_Regulator

    Already downloaded 756,345 times

    Enjoy noob spamdroid users, have fun with those xray pics lol

  10. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge
    Devil

    Who needs an X-ray app?

    What with all the women around here wearing Lululemon yoga outfits.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/03/20/lululemon-pants-recalled-fondly/

  11. Tomas K.

    Couldn't happen to more deserving people

    Who but a sleaze would download such an app?

    1. Oninoshiko
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Couldn't happen to more deserving people

      Are you suggesting there is a low number of sleazes?

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