Android malware pushes Kim Kardashian porn pop-up to children's gaming apps

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Android malware pushes Kim Kardashian porn pop-up to children's gaming apps

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. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe", said the spokesperson.

The apps so far had been downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times, the researchers said, citing Google Play's data.

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.

The new policy would require apps to work as standalone Wear apps and force Wear APKs to be uploaded to the Play Store as a multi-APK instead of bundling them within phone apps.

AdultSwine can also cost victims money by tricking users into allowing it to send them premium text messages that charge the mobile phone's account. After a download, the app only had to wait for a reboot, or for the user to unlock their screen, to start sending information back to a command and control server, which would then serve the ads.

Time for a conversation about dictionaries at the very least
Time for a conversation about dictionaries at the very least

Malicious code that displays pornographic advertising on Android applications, including several intended for use by children, has been found lurking in 60 gaming apps on Google Play.

The malware, which Check Point dubbed "AdultSwine", attacked users in three ways, with the pornographic ads only being one. It might, for example, tell users they could win a "free iPhone" by answering a few questions before prompting them to enter a phone number. Some of the apps include those that have been downloaded over 1 million times, like Five Nights Survival Craft and McQueen Car Racing Game, which is based on the Disney Pixarcharacter from the film Cars.

The malware also attempts to lure unsuspecting patrons into registering for fake premium services.

According to Check Point's researchers, AdultSwine is a particularly insidious malware because it is found in apps from trusted sources and can cause emotional distress and financial loss.

"'AdultSwine' and other similar malware will likely be continually repeated and imitated by hackers", Check Point says.

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