FaceApp Pro scam attention, there is no such version

Recent publicity about FaceApp has provided an opportunity for cyber criminals who are interested in quick profits to scam users, according to ESET surveys.

Οι απατεώνες έχουν χρησιμοποιήσει ως δόλωμα μια πλαστή έκδοση «Pro» της εφαρμογής και έχουν προσπαθήσει να την κάνουν ευρέως γνωστή μέσω δύο τύπων scam. Στον πρώτο, χρησιμοποιείται ένας ψεύτικος που ισχυρίζεται ότι προσφέρει μια έκδοση της εφαρμογής FaceApp. Στον δεύτερο τύπο ς, χρησιμοποιούνται βίντεο στο YouTube που προωθούν για λήψη μιας έκδοσης «Pro». Ένα από τα πλαστά αυτά βίντεο στο YouTube είχε πάνω από 150.000 εμφανίσεις κατά τη στιγμή της συγγραφής της έρευνας.

Video on YouTube which claims to offer a link to download an APK package for the "FaceApp Pro" application on Android

The authentic FaceApp app, available for Android and iOS, enables the user to modify their facial image through various filters.

Ενώ η ίδια η εφαρμογή προσφέρεται δωρεάν, κάποιες λειτουργίες της που χαρακτηρίζονται ως «PRO» είναι διαθέσιμες μόνο επί πληρωμή. Η εφαρμογή FaceApp και τα φίλτρα της έχουν γίνει «viral», εξίσου μεγάλη δημοσιότητα ωστόσο έχει εγείρει και το θέμα της προστασίας του ιδιωτικού απόρρητου στο in the context of using the application.

In one of the scams investigated by ESET, cybercriminals use a fake site that claims to offer a premium version of FaceApp.

In fact, cheaters deceive their victims to click on countless bids to install paid apps and subscriptions, ads, surveys, and so on. The victim also receives requests from various websites to allow alerts to appear, which, if activated, point to other bogus bids.

Fake YouTube videos contain download links for apps, the only one of which is to get users to install various other applications. By clicking the shortened links, users risk installing .  

"There were over 200 thousands of online stories about the faceApp Pro fake on Thursday 19 / 7. Only one of the YouTube videos we detected had more than 150 thousands of views, but its malicious links were clicked over 90 thousands of times, "says ESET researcher Lukáš Štefanko, adding that" cybercriminals have achieved such high rates CTR (Click Through Rate) that a legitimate business could not even imagine ".

The application has become extremely famous and many want to use it, but ESET recommends users remember the basic security principles before using it.

No matter how tempting an opportunity appears, such as in this case a free upgrade to a 'Pro' version, users should avoid downloading apps from sources other than official stores and carefully study the available about the application (developer, evaluation, reviews, etc.).

Ως δικλείδα ασφαλείας λειτουργούν και τα security apps, καθώς σε περίπτωση που ο χρήστης πέσει θύμα εξαπάτησης, αν διαθέτει εγκατεστημένη μια αξιόπιστη εφαρμογή ασφαλείας στη του, θα μπορέσει να γλιτώσει κάποια αρνητικά επακόλουθα.

More details are in the article «With FaceApp in the spotlight, new scams emerge», at WeLiveSecurity.com.


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