Google deletes 60 apps, many aimed at kids, that showed porn ads

14 January, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Elena Summers
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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". The researchers noted that the malicious app prefers not to show ads in browsers and social networking apps to avoid suspicion. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe".

In some cases, the malware would also prompt users to register for premium services - meaning charges would be applied. Google was keen to add that the issue doesn't exploit vulnerabilities in Android security, and that users' devices weren't affected. The most popular include Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft.

Googles messaging apps are pretty much accepted as a mess at this stage, few have taken up the option to install and use either Allo or Duo, but the video messaging service Duo is getting better in the latest update allowing you to call people in your contacts list even if they don't have Duo installed.

Cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. discovered the malware, which it named "AdultSwine", and informed Google about the infected games, some of which were targeted toward children.

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"Should the user press the notification of "Remove Virus Now" he is redirected to an app in the Google Play Store with a somewhat questionable connection to virus removal", said the researchers in an analysis.

The data-stealing malware is also capable of other kinds of malicious activities such as performing click ad frauds, remote command execution and sending SMS.

"Google Play houses more apps and has laxer controls for developers to get their apps into the Play store", according to Jordan Herman, a researcher from the threat intelligence firm RiskIQ. "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".

"Developers [have] reported unexpected latency between when a user installs a mobile app and when the corresponding Wear app is installed via multi-APK on Wear 1.0 devices", Lam stated in a Google+ post. The apps in the family program have not been affected.

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