Android malware pushes Kim Kardashian porn pop-up to children's gaming apps

Android malware pushes Kim Kardashian porn pop-up to children's gaming apps

Android malware pushes Kim Kardashian porn pop-up to children's gaming apps

Researchers at security company Check Point Software Technologies on Friday found pornographic malware hiding inside about 60 games apps, many of which were intended for kids.

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

In addition to displaying pornographic content, AdultSwine can also show pop ups that state a virus has infected the device, prompting the user to download another app claiming to be able to remove it.

Google removed the affected apps from the Google Play app store soon after Check Point reported the issue.

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Android smartphone users are regularly advised to download apps only from official sources such as Google Play to avoid malware, but security researchers have again found malicious apps in the store. The phone number would be used to register for premium services.

Check Point says the "malicious code's own ad library... contains ads of an offensive nature, including pornographic ads". The malware, dubbed AdultSwine, displayed pornographic images that looked like ads but were actually created to prompt users to download fake security software and, getting users to click on links they then have to pay for.

AdultSwine's third malicious activity is to charge the victim's account for fraudulent premium services they did not request. Some of the apps include those that have been downloaded over 1 million times, like Five Nights Survival Craft and McQueen Car Racing Game, which is based on the Disney Pixarcharacter from the film Cars.

The cull came soon after Check Point found the malicious code lurking within apps and games that were specifically geared toward younger users.

The AdultSwine malware was also capable of vacuuming up login credentials, according to Check Point, which would have been transferred back to a server under the malicious hackers' control.

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