Pornographic content found on kids apps forces deletion
Sheetal Sukhija - Saturday 13th January, 2018
Google said that it has deleted 60 such apps aimed at kids
The apps were deleted after they showed users pornographic content
Security firm Check Point discovered a type of malware dubbed "AdultSwine"
CALIFORNIA, U.S. - According to a report by security firm Check Point, the search engine giant Google has been forced to delete 60 applications that were aimed at kids.
According to the company, 60 kid-themed apps were removed for the Google Play app store since they were showing users pornographic content.
Check Point found that these apps contained a malware that could display pornographic content, trick users into installing fake "security apps," or induce them to sign up for premium SMS services.
The security firm used Google Play store estimates and found that the 60 games, with titles including "Drawing Lessons Angry Birds," "Temple Crash Jungle Bandicoot" and "Spinner Fidget Toy," had at least 3.5 million downloads and as many as 7 million users.
In its report, Check Point called the malware "AdultSwine," and said that it had alerted Google about the problem.
Soon after, the apps disappeared from the Play store.
Daniel Padon, a Check Point researcher pointed out, "We have a good working relationship with Google's security team.”
However, even after Google deleted the apps from Play, the malware is set to continue to exist in people's phones until users themselves delete the apps in question.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement, "We've 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."
According to reports, once users downloaded one of the infected apps, pop-ups would either alert them that they had a virus and direct them to a fake security app.
Users would then have to be convinced to enter their phone number through a contest to win an iPhone, or show them pornographic content.
It said that most of the infected apps were games or drawing tutorials intended to entice kids.
A Check Point researcher said in the report that the company is "struggling to keep certain malware outside the App store" because some nasty code can only be detected by dynamically analyzing the context of an app's actions.
The firm explained, "'AdultSwine' and other similar malware will likely be continually repeated and imitated by hackers. Users should be extra vigilant when installing apps, particularly those intended for use by children."
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