Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Google Finds Malware Showing Pornographic Ads In 60 Kids' Apps

Google Finds Malware Showing Pornographic Ads In 60 Kids' Apps

To combat the spread of malware through the Google Play store, Google introduced Bouncer in 2012, which scans apps for threats before making them available for download.

Affected apps include Five Nights Survival Craft, with between 1 million and 5 million downloads, and Mcqueen Car Racing Game, which has been downloaded at least 500,000 times.

The most shocking element of this malicious app is its ability to cause pornographic ads (from the attacker's 3 party library) to pop up without warning on the screen over the legitimate game app being displayed.

First, the malicious app displays a misleading ad claiming a virus has infected the user's device.

About 60 apps were recently deleted by Google after the company learned that a bug was placing pornographic ads inside the apps. While the AdultSwine malware games only seem to display ads they receive from the C&C, there could be other unknown intentions of the attacker that are now unknown, possibly, credential theft.

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

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". Many users left reviews on the Google Play Store for some of the apps.

There are some instances where the malware would prompt users to register for a premium SMS service. Check Point has listed all the affected apps in its research post. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe", a spokesperson for Google was reported by the publication The Next Web, as saying. "In fact, the percentage of apps blacklisted by RiskIQ in the Google Play store has decreased, falling to a low of 4 percent in Q3 after reaching a high of 8 percent in Q2". The big G also disabled the developers' accounts and will issue what it says are "strong warnings" to users who installed the 63 apps.

Apple's App Store does contend with malware but, due in large part to tighter restrictions and a far smaller number of apps and users, the iOS App Store appears to be hit less frequently with malware outbreaks than its Android counterpart.

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