Malware Serves Up Porn Ads in Kids' Apps

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

Google Deletes 60 Apps With Pornographic Ads, Some Found In Children's Game Apps

Well, this is done via a feature of Google Play services called App Preview Messaging, which launched alongside Allo back in 2016.

Google will continue to show warnings to users who still have the apps installed, according to Check Point. The apps were downloaded between three and seven million times before the infection was caught.

Check Point researchers have found the new and nasty malicious code, dubbed AdultSwine, hiding in around 60 game apps. Numerous apps are games reportedly geared toward young children.

The inappropriate ads being displayed come from two main sources, Check Point said: mainstream ad providers and the malicious code's own ad library (where the porn ads stem from).

As well as showcasing inappropriate content, the malware also tries to trick users into downloading fake security apps, informing users they need to remove viruses.

On the scareware front, AdultSwine displays an ad that claims the user's device is infected by a virus. "An experienced eye could easily foresee this tactic, though a child playing a game app is easy prey for such nefarious apps". Android users should also consider using Google Play Protect, which is created to scan apps daily for issues.

An estimated 300 malicious apps made their way into the play store previous year.

Google removed the affected apps from the Google Play app store soon after Check Point reported the issue. "Should the user answer them, the malicious code informs the user that he has been successful, and asks him to enter his phone number to receive the prize".

AdultSwine's third malicious activity is to charge the victim's account for fraudulent premium services they did not request.

The affected gaming apps included at least one which may have had up to 5,000,000 downloads - Five Nights Survival Craft - as well as many others which had between 50,000 and 500,000 downloads. Whereas previously, apps could qualify simply by implementing enhanced notifications, Google's planned policy change for January 18th, 2018 imposed some stricter restrictions.

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