Google Play takes down 63 children's apps after malware discovered

Google Play takes down 63 children's apps after malware discovered

Google moved immediately to kick those apps out of Google Play. The second is the malicious code's own ad library, which contains ads of an offensive nature, including pornographic ads. Google has said that the company manually reviews ads and has strict category checks to help children have a safe experience.

"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 said in a blog post. The most popular include Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft.

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Check Point's graphical description of AdultSwine at work. 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".

While Google is actively scanning the Play Store for malicious coding and malware, there are challenges with keeping that coding out of the app store. But for precaution, Google said that it will display a strong warning for anyone who tries to download the app now. Security firm Check Point uncovered the malicious bug that showed porn in game apps. While the AdultSwine malware games only seem to display ads they receive from the C&C, there could be other unknown intentions of the attacker that are now unknown, possibly, credential theft. If the user clicks through, the malicious code eventually asks him to enter his phone number to receive the "prize", which, of course, is a ploy. When you launch one of its host apps - you can see the full list here - the code sends info back to its server, which chooses between three actions to take.

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A Google spokesperson confirmed that the apps named by the security firm were removed, and the developers' accounts were disabled.

All apps participating in the Designed for Families program must be relevant for children under the age of 13.

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