Google has kicked out nearly 60 games from its Play Store, a majority of the games were for children. A security firm found that the apps were infected with a pornographic malware. The researchers from Israel-based Check Point Software Technologies reported that the malware, dubbed as ‘AdultSwine’. It displayed pornographic images that looked like advertisements designed to prompt users to download fake security software.
The users were then encouraged to click on other links they would have to pay for. The tech giant took immediate steps and eliminated the apps out of the Play Store.
The company mentioned, “ We have removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers’ accounts and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them. We appreciate Check Point’s work to help keep users safe”.
Google maintained that the issue does not exploit unsafe in its Android security and that users devices were not affected. The affected apps have been download between three to seven million times. The researchers quoting Google play data said, “Along with encouraging users to download scareware and pay for premium services, ‘AdultSwine’ also stole credentials,” the Check Point researchers spotted.
The malware did this by contacting the developers’ Command and Control server once the app was downloaded. Then it sends the data about the infected device and receiving instructions for the next action.
According to Check Point, the instructions included showing the bogus ads, scaring users to install fake security apps and charging victims for services they did not request or receive.