Google removes 60 apps infected with malware

 

Malware called AdultSwine, which displays ads with pornographic content, has been discovered in 60 games on the Google Play Store. Many of these games were designed for children. Security company Check Point discovered the malware and reported it to Google, which removed the affected games from its store. 

The ads came from trusted providers that do not allow this type of content. The secondary source of the ads is from the malware’s ad libraries, which appear to be the source of the inappropriate content. 

AdultSwine affected users in two ways: 

  1. Users were prompted to answer four questions to win an iPhone or other device, but upon answering they were registered and charged for a premium service they did not actively seek out.
  2. Some of the ad content was deceptive, prompting users that their device may have been infected with a virus and that they needed to take corrective action. Once the user hit the prompt they were taken to the Play Store to download an app that would ‘fix’ the problem, but the app was not antivirus software and may have been harmful in itself. 

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