Porn-Laden Gaming Apps Infiltrate Google Play

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Google has removed from its Google Play Store more than 60 gaming apps, many seemingly targeted at kids, that contained malware that showed pornographic ads.

Google has removed the offending apps from the Google Play Store, but the games have already been downloaded more than 3 million times.

OnePlus has recently announced a data transfer app called the OnePlus Switch to simplify data transfer between Android devices. After a download, the app only had to wait for a reboot, or for the user to unlock their screen, to start sending information back to a command and control server, which would then serve the ads.

Scare users into installing fake "security apps".

The researchers also discovered that the malicious code can move laterally within the phone's infrastructure, opening the door for other attacks, such as user password theft.

Raising the bar for the "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge is not only good for consumers, since it makes it easier to find higher quality apps for Android Wear, it also helps developers by making their apps eligible to be listed on the top charts for Android Wear, as well as giving them a chance to be featured in Google's curated collections on the Play Store.

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

AdultSwine's third malicious activity is to charge the victim's account for fraudulent premium services they did not request.

Along with encouraging users to download scareware and pay for premium services, AdultSwine also stole users' credentials, according to Check Point.

It might, for example, show an ad claiming "the user is entitled to win an iPhone by simply answering four short questions", Check Point explained.

Effective protection from attack by these malware-infected games requires users to install advanced mobile threat defence on all mobile devices.

The malware, dubbed AdultSwine by security shop Check Point, was found in apps like "Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars", "Fidget spinner for Minecraft" and "Spinner Toy for Slither", along with a large number of Android games.

"'AdultSwine' and other similar malware will likely be continually repeated and imitated by hackers", Check Point says.

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