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

One pop-up presented to victims displayed an image of Kim Kardashian posing in bed, promising viewers "new leaked pictures" if they clicked a "subscribe" button. All of those affected apps were available for download on Google's Play Store up until recently.

Check Point worked with Google to remove the affected apps along with known malicious programs masquerading as mobile security solutions they were helping to promote from the Play Store. 1Tap is basically an expense tracking and book-keeping app.

The researchers also discovered that the malicious code can move laterally within the phone's infrastructure, opening the door for other attacks, such as user password theft.

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 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.

To scare users into installing unnecessary and harmful "security" apps, the malware displays a misleading ad claiming that a virus has infected the victim's device. That is because this feature will not work on iPhone and non Android users. But if the victim enters their number, the malware sends premium SMS messages, incurring charges.

Dubbed "AdultSwine" the malware hides inside game apps that Google Play data says have been downloaded between 3 to 7 million times, Check Point said in blog posting on Friday. "While in some cases this link is merely an advertisement, it could also lead to whatever social engineering scheme the hacker has in mind".

After being informed, Google removed the software from its official marketplace. Users have left reviews on the Google Play Store for some of the apps, with one saying, "Don't install for your kids".

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