Google removes 60 apps from the Play Store that hid pornographic ads

These gaming apps many of which were for children were infected with a pop-up porn malware dubbed as AdultSwine

Google has removed from its Google Play Store more than 60 gaming apps, many seemingly targeted at kids, that contained malware that showed pornographic ads.

The so-called AdultSwine malware, which displayed "highly inappropriate ads" affected apps reportedly downloaded between 3 and 7 million times.

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After Check Point informed Google about the malware, the tech giant worked with the security firm and deleted the apps right away, Check Point said.

OnePlus has recently announced a data transfer app called the OnePlus Switch to simplify data transfer between Android devices. It can throw up a fake virus warning screen and get the user to download cleaning software that would more effectively pwn the phone, trick people into sending premium SMS messages with the offer to win a prize or just throw up websites aimed at the amateur gynecologist. That includes displaying the bogus ads, scaring users to insecurity fake security apps and charging victims for services they didn't request or receive. In a statement sent to The Verge, Google pointed out that it also has a Family collection on the Play Store to help parents find age-appropriate content and Family Link, a program for family safety that manages which apps children can use.

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The malware, which Check Point dubbed "AdultSwine", attacked users in three ways, with the pornographic ads only being one. Once entered, the malicious code then uses this number to register to premium services. Some of the removed games have been downloaded over 1 million times, like Five Nights Survival Craft and McQueen Car Racing Game, based on the Disney Pixar character from the film Cars. A full list of apps can be found here.

Effective protection from attack by these malware-infected games requires users to install advanced mobile threat defence on all mobile devices. The malware, dubbed AdultSwine, displayed pornographic images that looked like ads but were actually created to prompt users to download fake security software and, getting users to click on links they then have to pay for.

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Check Point's graphical description of AdultSwine at work.

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