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Fake FaceApp with adware module infecting users’ devices: Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab warns users of a fake version of FaceApp which tricks users into thinking it’s the original app.

tech Updated: Jul 20, 2019 13:01 IST
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FaceApp is displayed on an iPhone Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in New York. The popular app is under fire for privacy concerns.
FaceApp is displayed on an iPhone Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in New York. The popular app is under fire for privacy concerns.(AP)
         

At a time when “photo-morphing” application FaceApp is courting controversy, a fake app that is designed to trick users into thinking it is a certified version of FaceApp is infecting users’ devices with an adware module called “MobiDash”, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said on Friday.

The photo-morphing app FaceApp that purportedly uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and neural face transformations to make creepy, hilarious and weird alterations to users’ faces has already taken the Internet by storm.

FaceApp has raised privacy concerns, primarily because users are uploading photographs and device-related information to a service operated by a company based in Russia.

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“In the fake app, the people behind ‘MobiDash’ often hide their adware module under the guise of popular applications and services. This means that the activities of the fake version of FaceApp could intensify, especially if we are talking about hundreds of targets in just a few day,” Igor Golovin, Security Researcher at Kaspersky, said in a statement.

“We urge users not to download applications from unofficial sources and to install security solutions on their devices to avoid any damage.”

Reacting to the security concerns, Alvin Rodrigues, Senior Director, Security Strategist, Forcepoint, said that the face is your personal copyright.

“From a security perspective, you are giving away your ability to use your face as a password to log files or to lock your devices. Like how several mobile companies are currently using facial recognition technology to allow users’ to lock their phones.

“This facial password, your face, is something that cannot change. It is personal and permanent. Secondly, the photographs being uploaded to the cloud are at risk of being targeted by hackers who may use them for running facial identification to compromise individuals and companies,” said Rodrigues.

FaceApp for iOS and Android devices has been around since 2017 but has recently gone viral.

 

First Published: Jul 20, 2019 13:01 IST

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