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Google Forced To Take Down 60 Gaming Apps Due To Pornographic Ads

| January 14 , 2018 , 14:41 IST

Tech giant Google was forced to take down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store.

According to Check Point, “This malicious software displayed pornographic ads and tried to trick the users into buying premium services”.

A Google spokesperson said, “We’ve removed the apps from Play, disabled the developer’s accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them”.

In a blog post on January 12 Check Point said, “Dubbed ‘AdultSwine’, the malware hides inside games apps that Google Play data says have been downloaded 3 to 7 million times”.

Google Play is based on a programme to help parents discover age-appropriate content on the Play Store. But these apps weren’t part of the family collection.  The company also clarified that these inappropriate ads within the apps were not Google ads.

Check Point said, “The malware also sought to trick users into installing fake security apps, and could open the door for other attacks such as theft of users credentials”. 

It said hospitals, businesses and the government were targeted by the cybercriminals in the past. Now, these games and apps intended for children clearly show that children are the new target for cybercriminals.

It also said, “The most shocking element of this malware is its ability to cause pornographic ads (From the attacker’s library) to pop up without warning on the screen over the legitimate game app being displayed.

Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf, Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game, Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago, Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE were a few of the inflicted games.

Check Point warned users to be extra vigilant especially for those apps intended for use by children, it expected AdultSwine and similar malware not to be repeated and imitated by hackers.