Malware Displaying Porn Ads Discovered in Game Apps on Google Play

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Some of the apps also display fake notices showing the phone has been infected by a virus and provides a malicious link to a fake virus cleaner.

"The most shocking element of this malware is its ability to cause pornographic ads (from the attacker's library) to pop up without warning on the screen over the legitimate game app being displayed", it said.

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

Google points out that though the apps were geared toward kids, they wouldn't be found in its "Designed For Families" section, where the company highlights safe apps which are specifically designed for families and children.

Check Point says AdultSwine could also easily be used for further nefarious acts like credential theft. 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". The affected apps have been downloaded between three to seven million times, the researchers citing Google Play data, said.

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Updated with new information from Google. "All these are displayed to children while playing the game that the app is masquerading as", the security firm added.

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 majority had over 1 million downloads. That includes displaying the bogus ads, scaring users to insecurity fake security apps and charging victims for services they didn't request or receive. A full list of apps can be found here.

"Although for now this malicious app seems to be a nasty nuisance, and most certainly damaging on both an emotional and financial level, it nevertheless also has a potentially much wider range of malicious activities that it can pursue, all relying on the same common concept", Check Point warned.

The new policy would require apps to work as standalone Wear apps and force Wear APKs to be uploaded to the Play Store as a multi-APK instead of bundling them within phone apps. The apps affected aren't part of the family program.

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