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Google deleted 60 games from its Play Store after pornographic ads were found

Kotlin-based Android malware discovered in Google Play Store

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Reports, however, say this ability to make Duo calls to even those who aren't using the app is now restricted to Android users. The apps were downloaded between three and seven million times before the infection was caught. Therefore, Play Services is a key core component to Google's premium user experience. "All these are displayed to children while playing the game that the app is masquerading as".

Due to a malicious bug, Google has proceeded to deleting 60 games from its Play Store.

The malicious app is called Adult Swine, and Check Point said that the big displays inappropriate and pornographic ads, which are attempts to trick users into installing face security apps, and also attempts to get users to sign up for premium services that are charged directly to the user's account. 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.

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. "Should the user answer them, the malicious code informs the user that he has been successful, and asks him to enter his phone number to receive the prize".

According to Check Point, Google removed the malicious apps hours after they were notified of the issue.

The code could even do more damage, as Check Point noted that AdultSwine "also has a potentially much wider range of malicious activities that it can pursue, all relying on the same common concept".

The affected gaming apps included at least one which may have had up to 5,000,000 downloads - Five Nights Survival Craft - as well as many others which had between 50,000 and 500,000 downloads.

For someone without the app, they will see it as an incoming call with a view of your camera.

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