Hackers hide malware, porn ads inside gaming apps on Google Play Store

60 Games With 3 Million Downloads Found Showing “AdultSwine” Porn Ads — Now Deleted By Google

In addition, the malware tried to get users to install fake security apps, themselves often ridden with malware, or register for a premium service using their phone number.

Google moved quickly on Friday to remove the roughly 60 apps said to be affected from its Play Store.

Check Point says AdultSwine could also easily be used for further nefarious acts like credential theft.

While some ads showed pornographic images, there were other apps that displayed fake notices which that the phone had been infected by a virus and provided a malicious link to a fake virus cleaner. Google Play is the only way to download and install applications on Android devices without changing the device's application setting to "allow the installation of non-market applications". Just last week, adware called LightsOut was downloaded over 1.5 million times by victims.

After Check Point informed Google about the malware, the tech giant worked with the security firm and deleted the apps right away, Check Point said.

"Definitely some things slip past Google once in a while", Christoph Hebeisen, an Android security researcher at Lookout, told CyberScoop. I think it's just the sheer mass that something once in a while slips past.

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Another course of action the malicious app pursues is scaring users into installing unnecessary and possibly harmful "security" apps.

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from The Jolt Journal. According to Google's data, these Android games have a combined download count between 3 million and 7 million.

Boasting the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, Android is making improvements and winning battles but is still fighting an uphill battle with no end in sight.

It is quite surprising that these apps found their way to the Play Store.

"Kotlin is described as concise, drastically reducing the amount of boilerplate code; safe, because it avoids entire classes of errors such as null pointer exceptions; interoperable for leveraging existing libraries for JVM, Android, and the browser; and tool-friendly because of its capability to choose any Java IDE or build from the command line", Trend Micro researchers said in a blog. The apps affected aren't part of the family program.

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