Pornographic malware found in Android apps for kids

Pornographic malware found in Android apps for kids

Google reveals changes to rein in fake news Dubbed "AdultSwine", the malware also would try to trick users to deploy fake security apps and urge users to register for premium services. That gets machine checked and, despite the Chocolate Factory's AI virus-hunting protestations, past experience and research suggests malware writers are finding Google's malware seeking bots easy to evade. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe", said the spokesperson.

Although Google actively scans the Play store for malicious code, policing its vast, ever-evolving catalog of apps is a challenge.

In an email, Check Point said Google is usually quite successful when blocking malware on the Play Store.

While they appeared as such, the pornographic images displayed were not actually Google ads.

Malicious code that displays pornographic advertising on Android applications, including several intended for use by children, has been found lurking in 60 gaming apps on Google Play. It also meant to get users to buy worthless premium services, the researchers found.

When the malicious code is installed onto your phone, it waits for the user to unlock the device to start the malicious activity.

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Scare users into installing fake "security apps".

The most shocking element of this malware is that it is capable of causing pornographic ads from the attacker's ad library to pop up on the screen without warning, above legitimate game apps. It might, for example, tell users they could win a "free iPhone" by answering a few questions before prompting them to enter a phone number. The most popular include Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft.

Effective protection from attack by these malware-infected games requires users to install advanced mobile threat defence on all mobile devices.

Malicious code named "AdultSwine" was hidden in the affected apps, as Check Point Researchers discovered.

"Due to the pervasive use of mobile apps, AdultSwine and other similar malicious apps are likely to be continually repeated and imitated by hackers", the researchers said in a blog post.

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