Google Pulls Play Store Porn And Fraud Apps

AdultSwine operation flow

AdultSwine operation flow

"We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them", a Google spokesperson told The Register.

The apps were detected on the Google Play Store by security researchers at Check Point, who said the malware had been downloaded by unsuspecting victims between three and seven million times. They have also said, that the advertisements running within the apps weren't supplied by them, and were third party ads.

In addition to displaying the explicit advertisements, AdultSwine also attempted to trick users into downloading other apps, including phony "security apps" that promised to help protect the device against malicious content.

Due to the pervasive use of mobile apps, "AdultSwine" and other similar malware will likely be continually repeated and imitated by hackers. Those services, typically costly text messaging scams, would charge the victim and generate profit for the attackers.

Uber Might Have Been Trying To Dodge Investigations With This Tool
Uber said this software is necessary to protect company data, along with the privacy of passengers, drivers and Uber employees. It's not the first time that Uber has developed tools to evade officials, some of which are under investigation in the US.

While the number of children who have been exposed to this explicit material is now unknown, Google Play store data shows that some of the apps have been downloaded between three to seven million times. One app, a game called "Five Nights Survival Craft", had as many as five million downloads.

Another popular, infected app targeted towards children was called 'Mcqueen Car Racing Game' and had up to one million downloads. The ads were often inappropriate and at times pornographic-a fact made particularly troubling as numerous apps were geared toward younger users.

They have also disabled the developer's accounts and are now advertising warnings to anyone who has downloaded the 60 corrupted apps.

Use anti-virus software from legitimate and reputable organisations such as Norton or McAfee and ensure it is kept up-to-date. Make sure to be aware of what games are downloaded onto your devices and always report suspicious activity. As a rule of thumb, it's good to know what information the app wants from you and how this information will be used. Should the user answer them, the page informs the user that he has been successful, and asks him to enter his phone number to receive the prize.

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