Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Malware Displaying Porn Ads Discovered in Game Apps on Google Play

Malware Displaying Porn Ads Discovered in Game Apps on Google Play

The respective pages of the malicious apps on Google Play already had negative user reviews warning other users about the display of inappropriate content in advertisements.

Check Point says AdultSwine could also easily be used for further nefarious acts like credential theft.

According to the reports of Financial Times, among those affected app some were very popular in children for gaming like Five Nights Survival Craft and McQueen Car Racing Game, and a lot of them had over 1 million downloads.

In this case, the hidden code inside the offending apps, dubbed AdultSwine, will either show pornographic ads from a third-party server or through the code's own ad library, Check Point said.

There are a bunch of apps that make Google's operating system awesome, but what many people don't know is that none of them would work without Play Services. In a similar way to the scareware tactic presented above, the malicious app initially displays a pop-up ad, which attempts to persuade the user to register for this service.

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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. A full list of apps can be found here.

Lookout confirmed Check Point's findings on AdultSwine malware and said their security software has protected Android users since April 2017.

Another course of action the malicious app pursues is scaring users into installing unnecessary and possibly harmful "security" apps. Or, to trick you into registering for premium services charged to your account. "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".

A Google spokesperson confirmed that the apps named by the security firm were removed, and the developers' accounts were disabled. 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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