Pornographic malware found in Android apps for kids


Pornographic images were found on scores of children's game apps which were in the Google Play store, caused by a malicious code called "AdultSwine".

The malicious app is named Adult Swine, and Check Point says the bug displays inappropriate and pornographic ads, attempts to trick users into installing fake security apps, and tries to get users to sign up to premium services that charge the user's account. It also meant to get users to buy worthless premium services, the researchers found. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe".

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

A Google spokesperson said, "We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them".

Google does have a safety feature called Google Play Protect, which checks apps when you download them and periodically scans your device for harmful apps to remove them.

The malware was not found in apps that are a part of Google's "Designed for Families" program.

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The 60 games, with names such as "Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago" and "Subway Banana Run Surf", were downloaded 3 million to 7 million times, Google Play data shows.

It said games and apps intended for children were a new target for cyber criminals that targeted hospitals, businesses and governments in the past.

Google said the malicious advertisements did not come from its ad network.

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