Pornographic images found on children's games in Google Play store

Google deleted 60 games from its Play Store after pornographic ads were found

Google deleted 60 games from its Play Store after pornographic ads were found

The malware, dubbed AdultSwine, displayed pornographic images that looked like ads but were actually created to prompt users to download fake security software and, getting users to click on links they then have to pay for.

If you want to make video calls on an Android device, Google Duo is easily your best bet. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe", said the spokesperson. The apps were downloaded between 3.5 to 7 million times in total. Security firm Check Point uncovered the malicious bug that showed porn in game apps.

One of the displayed ads.

The researchers also discovered that the malicious code can move laterally within the phone's infrastructure, opening the door for other attacks, such as user password theft. After a download, the app only had to wait for a reboot, or for the user to unlock their screen, to start sending information back to a command and control server, which would then serve the ads. That includes displaying the bogus ads, scaring users to insecurity fake security apps and charging victims for services they didn't request or receive.

Such exclusively family-based apps are checked manually by Google for malware and ad content, according to those familiar with the situation, but the AdultSwine code was put out for general release.

According to Android Police, the option to call users is included in the latest update, with an "Instant App" like experience called App Preview Messaging that's part of Google Play services letting fellow Android users answer calls through Duo.

In late August of past year, Google announced some updates to its Android Wear policy which would affect the requirements for an app to obtain an "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge.

In this case, the malware initially displays a pop-up ad claiming the user has won an iPhone and that their phone number is needed to collect the prize.

Check Point has a list of the affected apps in its research post. One user says, "Don't install for your kids".

"'AdultSwine' is a particularly insidious malware able to cause emotional distress and financial fraud".

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