Pornographic malware found in Android apps for kids

Google deleted 60 games from its Play Store after pornographic ads were found

According to Play Store statistics, collectively the 60 apps have been downloaded between 3 and 7 million times.

Pornographic images were found on scores of children's game apps which were in the Google Play store, caused by a malicious code called "AdultSwine". Then there were some ads that tried to trick the user into giving up their phone number by telling them that they had won a prize.

Google removed the affected apps from the Google Play app store soon after Check Point reported the issue.

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. Whereas previously, apps could qualify simply by implementing enhanced notifications, Google's planned policy change for January 18th, 2018 imposed some stricter restrictions.

It does this by contacting the developers' Command and Control server once the app has been downloaded, sends data about the infected device and gets back instructions on what to do next.

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. Android users should also consider using Google Play Protect, which is created to scan apps daily for issues. It might, for example, tell users they could win a "free iPhone" by answering a few questions before prompting them to enter a phone number.

Chelsea vs Leicester City 13 January 2018: EPL Preview and Predictions
Whilst Antonio Conte's men have not managed to notch their first victory of 2018 yet, the champions have been in exemplary form. Islam Slimani worked well in a mostly full strength Leicester side last time out, scoring two goals against Huddersfield Town.

100 percent FDI cleared for single brand!
In construction sector, the Government clarified that real-estate broking service eligible for 100% FDI under automatic route. These are meant to liberalize and simplify the FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business in the country.

NBC Olympics Pushing 4K HDR for Winter Olympics
Slalom racer Naoki Yuasa will make his third Olympic appearance after qualifying at the national championships last month. The XXIII Olympic Winter Games, or better known as the PyeongChang 2018, will be held in South Korea .

The malware also attempts to lure unsuspecting patrons into registering for fake premium services.

Check Point has a list of the affected apps in its research post.

The scareware "virus removal" tool has also been removed from Google Play for using inappropriate marketing tactics to drive installs.

In some cases this link is merely to an advertisement, but it could also lead to whatever social engineering scheme the attackers likes.

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

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

Related News:

  • Two More Flu Deaths Bring Total to Seven in Washoe County

    Two More Flu Deaths Bring Total to Seven in Washoe County

    Werker, Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, says the flu can take very many forms during the flu season. For those at high risk of serious flu complications, getting vaccinated is especially important.
    IndusInd Bank's Q3 net profit up nearly  25%

    IndusInd Bank's Q3 net profit up nearly 25%

    The floating provision has been considered while computing the net NPAs and provision coverage ratio (PCR). Provisions for the quarter rose by 9 per cent yoy and declined 19 per cent qoq to Rs. 236 crore in Q3FY18.
    China's trade with North Korea tumbles over United Nations  sanctions

    China's trade with North Korea tumbles over United Nations sanctions

    But now that North Korea has developed the weapons and the missiles to carry them, it's not likely to give it up, experts say. Trump would not confirm whether he has spoken with Kim, saying only that he didn't want to comment.
  • BuzzFeed Chief Defends Trump Pee Dossier: 'I'm Proud We Published'

    Trump has slammed the contents of the dossier as a "pile of garbage", although some aspects of the dossier are starting to seem accurate .
    Kansas swatter faces involuntary manslaughter charge

    Kansas swatter faces involuntary manslaughter charge

    One of the players allegedly called Barriss and requested he "swat" another player. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.
    Bungie Finally Addresses Destiny 2's Big Eververse Problem

    Bungie Finally Addresses Destiny 2's Big Eververse Problem

    In other " Destiny 2 " related news, Bungie announced that the servers will be offline for around four hours next week. On Jan. 30, Bungie will be releasing an update that will include the expansion of the Masterwork system for armor.
  • 'John Wick' TV Series Adaptation in the Works

    'John Wick' TV Series Adaptation in the Works

    And as one last, friendly reminder, John Wick: Chapter Three comes to theaters on May 17, 2019. At the same time, the network has also announced three original series premiering this year.
    Walmart is reportedly cutting thousands of store co-managers after raising wages

    Walmart is reportedly cutting thousands of store co-managers after raising wages

    The company claimed the wage and benefit changes would benefit the company's more than one million USA hourly associates. Several Sam's Club stores throughout the nation reportedly closed Thursday without notice to the public.
    Indian-descent activist arrested in USA , faces immediate deportation

    Indian-descent activist arrested in USA , faces immediate deportation

    At the time this report was published, ICE had not responded to VOA's request for comment regarding Ragbir's arrest. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Coalition of New York City , said in a statement.
  • Judge: DACA can't end with lawsuit pending

    Judge: DACA can't end with lawsuit pending

    He continued. "We'll do DACA, and then we can certainly start comprehensive immigration reform the following afternoon". So that's easier for the other side to accept", Flake said.
    Nadal, Federer seeded 1st and 2nd for Australian Open

    Nadal, Federer seeded 1st and 2nd for Australian Open

    A rematch of last year's Australian Open semifinal with 2017's strongest finisher, Grigor Dimitrov , is on the cards. Sixth-seeded Marin Cilic could be Nadal's quarter-final foe or Spanish No. 10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta .
    Zidane pens deal to stay at Real till 2020

    Zidane pens deal to stay at Real till 2020

    What we are missing is not good play, it is consistency necessary to recover the confidence we must have. But Numancia fought back again and it was Guillermo once more but this time with a brilliant header.

Most liked

Trump lawyer arranged porn star payment for her silence in October 2016
Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen arranged for the payment through Clifford's lawyer, Keith Davidson, the Journal reported . In response to the Journal , Cohen isn't denying the payments, but he said it's not tied to an affair.

Shambolic Cabinet reshuffle sees Chris Grayling made Tory chairman for 37 seconds
The Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire , has resigned because he needs surgery for a lesion on his right lung. The post ended up going to 46-year old Brandon Lewis who was the first to arrive at Downing Street to meet May.

Houthi's ballistic missile intercepted over Najran
Within 48 hours, the capital of Sanaa witnessed the killing of two Houthi militia leaders by the unidentified armed groups. On Dec. 19, 2017, the Houthi movement fired a ballistic missile toward the royal palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration, sign 1-year, $23-million deal
He will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. - With files from Joshua Clipperton in Burnaby, B.C. ET deadline for exchanging proposed salaries.

Deontay Wilder to face Luis Ortiz March 3 in Brooklyn
The card, presented by Premier Boxing Champions , will be produced by Showtime and could end up airing on CBS. Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder is giving Luis "King Kong" Ortiz another chance.

U.S. retail sales rise in December, capping a strong year in spending
The National Retail Federation today announced that sales made during from November 1 to December 31 increased by 5.5% over 2016. It's a key gauge for the economy, which derives about two-thirds of its output from consumer spending.

Detective Pikachu lands on the Nintendo eShop and at retail in March
For fans who have followed Pokemon these past 20 years, it's a jarring change to see Pikachu talking with such a gruff voice. Along with the Detective Pikachu game, Nintendo is releasing a special giant amiibo to help players uncover every secret.

Klopp confirms Mohamed Salah is fit for Manchester City clash
So that makes it more efficient and, overall, yes, they are like that, so everybody expects and projects that they will last. Although no one can accuse them of being flimsy, this side's success revolves around demolishing the opposition.

'Teachers in Kashmir teach two maps to students'
Bipin Rawat said on Friday, and called for "some control" over mosques and madarsas in the state. Rawat said the troops "were ready to cater" to any situation should the need arise.

Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee accused of sex assault at 95
The source added: 'While people might think Stan is a frail and fragile old man, that's not the case. "His age is no excuse". On December 20th the owner of the nursing company received a "cease and desist" letter from Lee's attorney, Tom Lallas .

Is Grace Mugabe's Phd Legitimate? Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Body Investigates
Since his resignation Moyo and his close allies have escaped into exile, claiming to have escaped assassination attempts by the military.

Steve Bannon Out At Breitbart
He quickly presided over the brand of economic populism promoted by Trump and was hired as chief strategist for the White House. The Daily Beast first reported on Thursday that he had agreed to the interview.

Apparent China sub, warship approach waters near Senkakus
A foreign submarine was also detected in the same area on Wednesday as well as on Thursday, according to Japan's Defense Ministry. It then re-entered the contiguous zone around Taisho Island, which is part of the Senkakus, before leaving that afternoon.

Bears Hire Offensive Coordinator
He becomes the second coordinator to be hired after the Bears hired Chris Tabor as special teams coordinator on Wednesday. Helfrich will not be calling plays initially, but he will inherit a second-year quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky.

Trump on Palestinian Authority: US Gets 'No Respect'
However, it is also a disputed territory, contested by both Israel and Palestine, which sees it as a capital of its future state. He went on to suggest the United States shouldn't make any future payments due to their refusal to accept his peace process.