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Porn Malware Discovered in Google Play Game Apps, Some Aimed at Children

14 January 2018

Fortunately, Google has already removed the fake malware-laced Swift Cleaner app from the Google Play Store.

There are many reports where Android users delete Play Services because they don't know what it does and then they are left baffled to why their other apps stop functioning.

The most downloaded malicious Android games include Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft.

In this case, the hidden code inside the offending apps, dubbed AdultSwine, will either show pornographic ads from a third-party server or through the code's own ad library, Check Point said.

Google Play bans software that promotes sexually explicit content, and the company has safeguards in place to prevent malware-laden apps from infiltrating the platform.

The code could even do more damage, as Check Point noted that AdultSwine "also has a potentially much wider range of malicious activities that it can pursue, all relying on the same common concept".

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The full list of infected apps can be found on Check Point's website.

The apps so far had been downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times, the researchers said, citing Google Play's data. The bug also leads user towards signing up for premium services that charge the user's account for their services. In a similar way to the scareware tactic presented above, the malicious app initially displays a pop-up ad, which attempts to persuade the user to register for this service.

Check Point security firm has found new malware that displays pornographic content on user's smartphones.

Lookout confirmed Check Point's findings on AdultSwine malware and said their security software has protected Android users since April 2017.

The new policy would require apps to work as standalone Wear apps and force Wear APKs to be uploaded to the Play Store as a multi-APK instead of bundling them within phone apps. The big G also disabled the developers' accounts and will issue what it says are "strong warnings" to users who installed the 63 apps. The apps affected aren't part of the family program.

Porn Malware Discovered in Google Play Game Apps, Some Aimed at Children