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Pornographic malware found in Android apps for kids

When the malicious code is installed onto your phone, it waits for the user to unlock the device to start the malicious activity.

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The malware, dubbed AdultSwine, is said to have displayed the highly inappropriate images while also attempting to trick users into installing a fake-security app, or "scareware".

There are some instances where the malware would prompt users to register for a premium SMS service.

"The most shocking element of this malware is its ability to cause pornographic ads (from the attacker's library) to pop up without warning on the screen over the legitimate game app being displayed", it said.

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Some of the apps also display fake notices showing the phone has been infected by a virus and provides a malicious link to a fake virus cleaner.

Malicious code named "AdultSwine" was hidden in the affected apps, as Check Point Researchers discovered. And there are lots of them, since the applications were downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times.

The most downloaded malicious Android games include Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft. Android's security team is increasingly using machine learning to detect malware in the Google Play store but Android Play Protect, the operating system's security tool, has mixed results in independent tests against competitors.

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. "In fact, the percentage of apps blacklisted by RiskIQ in the Google Play store has decreased, falling to a low of 4 percent in Q3 after reaching a high of 8 percent in Q2". Google will continue to show warnings to users who still have the apps installed, according to Check Point. Google has said that the company manually reviews ads and has strict category checks to help children have a safe experience.

All apps participating in the Designed for Families program must be relevant for children under the age of 13.

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