Google removes gaming apps with pop-up porn malware

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The server then instructs the app to hide its icon to prevent deletion and tells which ads to display over which apps.

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The malicious software displayed pornographic ads and tried to trick users into buying premium services, according to Check Point. In a statement provided to ABC7 News, Google also says that "AdultSwine" did not exploit an Android security vulnerability and that users' devices were not compromised.

The apps so far had been downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times, the researchers said, citing Google Play's data. Google Play is the only way to download and install applications on Android devices without changing the device's application setting to "allow the installation of non-market applications". 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.

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In late August of past year, Google announced some updates to its Android Wear policy which would affect the requirements for an app to obtain an "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge.

However, with the number of apps on Google Play estimated at more than 3m, according to Statista, lurking malicious code is sometimes spotted and reported only by users or cyber security firms. Security firm Check Point uncovered the malicious bug that showed porn in game apps. 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. If the user clicks through, the malicious code eventually asks him to enter his phone number to receive the "prize", which, of course, is a ploy. The apps in the family program have not been affected.

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Check Point has a list of the affected apps in its research post.

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