Google removes 60 apps from the Play Store that hid pornographic ads

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In the past, cyber-criminals have targeted businesses, hospitals, and governments; today, we've seen them begin to focus on games and apps intended for children.

The 60 games, with names such as "Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago" and "Subway Banana Run Surf", were downloaded 3 million to 7 million times, Google Play data shows.

Displaying ads from the web that are often highly inappropriate and pornographic. Google installs Play Services on all Android powered smartphones and while people might not have any idea what this app does, its actually plays an important role in the Android ecosystem.

Security researchers on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displayed pornographic images to users.

Example of fake ad propagated by the AdultSwine bug.

Along with encouraging users to download scareware and pay for premium services, AdultSwine also stole users' credentials, according to Check Point. To make themselves hard to remove, the infected apps had code to hide their icons.

The "virus removal solution" is anything but - it's another fake app. After the fake advertisements were seen, users would be greeted with a "Remove Virus Now" notification created to lead a user to download the fake security app. That includes displaying the bogus ads, scaring users to insecurity fake security apps and charging victims for services they didn't request or receive.

This time however, the ad claims that the user is entitled to win an iPhone by simply answering four short questions. Users have left reviews on the Google Play Store for some of the apps, with one saying, "Don't install for your kids".

Researchers at Check Point found that 63 apps were affected.

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

"Should the user press the notification of "Remove Virus Now" he is redirected to an app in the Google Play Store with a somewhat questionable connection to virus removal", said the researchers in an analysis.

When the malicious code was installed on your phone, the code would execute when the device is unlocked.

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