Porn-Laden Gaming Apps Infiltrate Google Play

Jan 13, 2018, 06:46
Porn-Laden Gaming Apps Infiltrate Google Play

In a statement to the Financial Times, a Google spokesperson said "We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them".

Security researchers on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displayed pornographic images to users.

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Such exclusively family-based apps are checked manually by Google for malware and ad content, according to those familiar with the situation, but the AdultSwine code was put out for general release. Google installs Play Services on all Android powered smartphones and while people might not have any idea what this app does, its actually plays an important role in the Android ecosystem.

"An experienced eye could easily foresee this tactic, though a child playing a game app is easy prey for such nefarious apps", the researchers said.

The games included Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf, Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game, Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago and Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE.

Google is kicking off the new year by showing off what the tech giant is calling its "Android Excellence" apps and games.

The malware, which Check Point dubbed "AdultSwine", attacked users in three ways, with the pornographic ads only being one. Play Services is used for enhancing app experiences and it speeds us offline searches, provides more immersive app environments and it also allows other apps to automatically update themselves.

This means, for users who do not even have the app installed on their phones, an incoming call can instantly fly over the screen with a view of the caller's camera.

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