Pornographic images found on children's games in Google Play store

Google deleted 60 games from its Play Store after pornographic ads were found

Google Deletes 60 Apps With Pornographic Ads, Some Found In Children's Game Apps

The apps were downloaded between three and seven million times before the infection was caught.

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

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Security firm Check Point noticed the problem in over 60 apps; they contained hidden code that can display adult-oriented content, along with fake alerts claiming a virus has infected the device.

Despite Google's security precautions, malicious apps can find their way into the Google Play Store.

Once the infected app is installed on a device, it waits for a user to unlock the screen or start the phone in order to initiate the attack. But the fake security app also contains malicious software, or malware. Once entered, the malicious code then uses this number to register to premium services.

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The company is "struggling to keep certain malware outside the App store" because some nasty code can only be detected by dynamically analyzing the context of an app's actions, which is hard to do, a Check Point researcher explains. In that instance, the button was titled with a seductive: "Remove virus now". "While in some cases this link is merely an advertisement, it could also lead to whatever social engineering scheme the hacker has in mind".

The affected gaming apps included at least one which may have had up to 5,000,000 downloads - Five Nights Survival Craft - as well as many others which had between 50,000 and 500,000 downloads. One user says, "Don't install for your kids".

The AdultSwine malware was also capable of vacuuming up login credentials, according to Check Point, which would have been transferred back to a server under the malicious hackers' control.

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