AdultSwine Malware Displays Porn Ads within Child-Themed Android Apps

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

One of the displayed ads. All of those affected apps were available for download on Google's Play Store up until recently. In a statement sent to The Verge, Google pointed out that it also has a Family collection on the Play Store to help parents find age-appropriate content and Family Link, a program for family safety that manages which apps children can use. 1Tap is basically an expense tracking and book-keeping app. From there, it proceeds with one of three attack scenarios. It can also mislead the user to believe they've won a free iPhone and submit their phone number to receive their prize.

"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", it said.

Some of the apps also display fake notices showing the phone has been infected by a virus and provides a malicious link to a fake virus cleaner.

If the victim selects the "remove virus now" option, the malware directs the victim to another malicious app in the Google Play Store posing as a virus removal tool.

Dubbed "AdultSwine" the malware hides inside game apps that Google Play data says have been downloaded between 3 to 7 million times, Check Point said in blog posting on Friday. "It also has a much wider range of malicious activities it could potentially pursue", Check Point said.

"We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them", a Google spokesperson told The Register.

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

"Due to the pervasive use of mobile apps, "AdultSwine" and other similar malware will likely be continually repeated and imitated by hackers".

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