Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Porn-Laden Gaming Apps Infiltrate Google Play

Pornographic malware found in Android apps for kids Google deleted 60 games from its Play Store after pornographic ads were found
Kayla Schwartz | 13 January, 2018, 04:49

The discovery was made by Check Point Software Technologies with Silicon Valley offices in San Carlos.

Check Point says the "malicious code's own ad library... contains ads of an offensive nature, including pornographic ads". Check Point characterized the material as pornographic.

Android users should make sure they download apps from known developers and parents of young users are urged to download apps from Google's family program.

A Google spokesperson 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". The ads were not Google ads, according to Google.

In late August of past year, Google announced some updates to its Android Wear policy which would affect the requirements for an app to obtain an "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge.

There are many reports where Android users delete Play Services because they don't know what it does and then they are left baffled to why their other apps stop functioning. Therefore, Play Services is a key core component to Google's premium user experience. After the fake "ads" were delivered, users would have received a "Remove Virus Now" notification, or something similar, created to provoke users into downloading the scareware.

John Wick gets the TV treatment with 'The Continental'
The film franchise's team will executive produce, (think Reeves, Basil Iwanyk, Chad Stahelski , Derek Kostad, David Leitch). Chris Collins of " The Wire " and " Sons of Anarchy " will write the series and act as showrunner.

It said games and apps intended for children were a new target for cyber criminals that had targeted hospitals, businesses and governments in the past.

Google removed the affected apps from the Google Play app store soon after Check Point reported the issue.

The researchers also discovered that the malicious code can move laterally within the phone's infrastructure, opening the door for other attacks, such as user password theft.

An estimated 300 malicious apps made their way into the play store past year.

The games include McQueen Car Racing, Subway Banana Run Surf, and Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf. Whereas previously, apps could qualify simply by implementing enhanced notifications, Google's planned policy change for January 18th, 2018 imposed some stricter restrictions.

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