Over 60 games contaminated with porn virus removed from Playstore

Around Sixty play store games which were meant for kids has taken down by Google as a security organization discovered that these games were contaminated with a pornographic virus. Security Experts from Israel centered Check Point Software Technologies was the first to locate the virus. They have stated that the malware, named as “AdultSwine”, showed pornographic pictures that appeared like commercials, ask users to install fraudulent security application and persuading users to sign up for payment services at the user’s cost. However, when the vicious application is mounted on the handset, it waits until a restart to take place or for an owner to unlock his phone screen, upon which it starts its wicked process.

 

Google mentioned that the problem will not leverage on weakness in their Android security so that users’handsets were not afflicted. The download count of infected applications on play store ranging from three to seven million. The Check Point professionals refer to Play store data, also stated that “Along with persuading users to install scareware and pay money for their paid services, ‘AdultSwine’ also performed credentials theft,”. The malicious program carried out this by reaching out to the programmers’ Command and Control server when the app was installed, transmitting information regarding the affected handset and obtaining directions on the steps to take next. As outlined by Check Point, the directions contained showing the fake adverts, scaring users to download bogus security applications and demanding users for services they do not ask for or attained. Check Point has shown all the infected applications in their research article.

It is relatively astonishing how all these malicious applications get into the Play Store while Google has already got a safety function named Google Play Protect incorporated into their system. The feature has been created to regularly examine applications and routinely checks devices for dangerous applications so as to counteract them. You can view the list of infected applications posted by Check Point from the source given below.

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