Monday, September 09, 2013

Alert: BaDoink porn site advertised by CNET site pretending to be an Apple app.

This morning I checked a news article on CNET using my mobile phone. I'm using Feedly as a newsreader. I clicked on the link to the article and up popped the porn ad I shared previously. I then went back and clicked on the link for the article and a different porn ad appeared which I thought was interesting on technical merits.


What I thought was particularly interesting is the quality of the page and how well it mimics the Apple app store layout. It really is a very good copy.

This could easily be a scam which I think could trick many Apple users. All that would be required is an install button, make it free and people would click on the link providing their Apple ID and password. Provide a legitimate looking porn site as a web app and the user would be none the wiser.

This is very scary stuff as it shows how easy people can be tricked. That's a really worry.

It is standard for some sites to flick people across to the Apple App store and because people are very familiar with this behaviour they can easily be tricked.

If you get flicked across to an app from a website perhaps it is time to stop trusting that action. You may not actually be at the Apple App store at all. I recommend that people don't trust links in emails and to open their browser and then enter the site address. It would now appear this is the approach you should use with Apple and Android apps as well. Best not to trust links that pass you across to the App store automatically anymore.

Kelvin Eldridge
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