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Malware displays porn ads, earns from premium services, scareware

Malware displays porn ads, earns from premium services, scareware

If the victim gives the phone number, the malware starts sending premium SMS messages, charging the user. The malware which has been named "AdultSwine", hides inside gaming applications.

The apps that contain this code have been removed from Google Play, but let this serve as a warning for users.

According to researchers from security firm Check Point, the malware was found hiding in 60 game apps on the Google Play Store.

AdultSwine tricks users into installing other apps by claiming the user's device is infected by a virus (graphic on right) and displaying a "remove virus now" button; when the user presses this notification, he or she is directed to the Google Play Story where a bogus app is downloaded.

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Check Point explained that the inappropriate ads within the apps weren't Google advertisements. The games included "Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf", ' "Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game", ' "Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago, " and 'Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE".

The apps removed were undoubtedly causing emotional and financial damage, but they also had the potential to do even more damage. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe".

Checkpoint reported its findings to Google and the company removed the infected apps from the Play Store. They have also said, that the advertisements running within the apps weren't supplied by them, and were third party ads. Check Point found 303 malicious apps in the Play Store past year. Performace will certainly be one thing that's going to be updated and there will be some new search filters waiting for you to discover them in Google Play Store.

Android users should make sure they download apps from known developers and parents of young users are urged to download apps from Google's family program. Further to that, it loads up those warnings about the phon being infected - and then prompts users to download fake security apps, which introduce a second layer of malware.