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

Cesar Mills
January 13, 2018

The researchers said the code could "wreak havoc" in three possible ways: display web ads that were often inappropriate and pornographic, attempt to trick users into installing fake "security apps", and try to make users register for some sort of premium services at a cost.

The cull came soon after Check Point found the malicious code lurking within apps and games that were specifically geared toward younger users.

In addition to displaying pornographic content, AdultSwine can also show pop ups that state a virus has infected the device, prompting the user to download another app claiming to be able to remove it. Some of the apps include those that have been downloaded over 1 million times, like Five Nights Survival Craft and McQueen Car Racing Game, which is based on the Disney Pixarcharacter from the film Cars.

A security system called Google Play Protect is supposed to defend customers using Google's Android operating system from malicious codes by scanning apps for malware. The latter is particularly disturbing considering that most of these infected apps were games or drawing tutorials meant to entice kids. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe", said the spokesperson.

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Google took down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store.

One father complained to Google that the software had exposed his four-year-old son to "a bunch of thilthy (sic) hardcore porn pictures". Whereas previously, apps could qualify simply by implementing enhanced notifications, Google's planned policy change for January 18th, 2018 imposed some stricter restrictions.

When the malicious code is installed onto your phone, it waits for the user to unlock the device to start the malicious activity. "We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them". Numerous apps are games reportedly geared toward young children. It also meant to get users to buy worthless premium services, the researchers found.

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