Google removes 60 gaming apps with pop-up porn malware from the Play Store

Having any of these apps means opening your device to multiple cyber attacks

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Highlights

    • The malware has been named “Adult Swine”
    • 60 infected gaming apps have been removed from the Play Store

Google has announced that it has taken down 60 games from the Play Store. This action was taken after a security firm by the name of Check Point put out a release stating that it had discovered a new malicious software which was affecting the gaming apps available to both children and adults on the Google Play Store.

As per the release, this malicious software displayed pornographic content in the form of advertisements to trick users into purchasing premium services from them. The malware which has been named ‘AdultSwine’, hides inside gaming applications.

Google has also taken a stand by removing these apps and banning the publishers from the Play Store. They have also said, that the advertisements running within the apps weren’t supplied by them, and were third party ads. The infected applications as per Check Point, have been downloaded from the Play Store around 3 to 7 million times.

“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 said.

Also Read: Google Play Store now allows you to try apps before you download with the help of Android Instant Apps

Additionally, the malware also tricked the users into installing fake security apps, which would claim to protect the users from many things, but instead, they would open a backdoor for cyber attacks such as theft of user credentials.

“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,”
Check Point said.

The infected games included – Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf, Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game, Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago, Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE and many more. If you have installed either of them, it would be a good idea to uninstall them for the time being at least.