The Israeli software house Check Point discovers 60 video games for children with advertising pornography. Google deletes them but the problem of controls remains.
That the controls for the apps being published on the Google Play Store were to be incremented you knew for a long time. Over and over again, in fact, hackers and various cyber-criminals had managed to publish Android apps containing malicious code and able to steal data and information present on the smartphones of users.
A phenomenon that does not seem to have brakes, according to the latest discovery made by the experts of Check Point, Israeli company producing network peripherals and security systems. Israeli researchers have in fact discovered in the Google Play Store 60 apps containing malware, in most cases “disguised” as a children’s video game. This allowed to quickly grow the number of downloads of the apps involved, so that some have reached and exceeded the million installations (such as, for example, “McQueen Car Racing Game”, which sees among the protagonists some characters of the Disney cartoon Cars).
AdultSwine, triple action malware
The 60 applications in question have been called by the Israeli experts “AdultSwine” and are characterized by a triple malevolent action. Each time they are used, the video games in question show pornographic advertisements and other content that is not appropriate for the users they are facing (remember that they are games for children or teenagers). The pornographic advertisements are functional at the second and third stages, which induces first users to download false applications and security suites (actually of the backdoor used to lead other attacks and to steal data from the smartphone) and then to subscribe Subscriptions and paid features designed to improve the security of your device.
In short, a combined action that not only tries to pin money to unwitting parents, but installs malware and backdoor within the devices, endangering the data stored inside the smartphone.
The reaction of Google
Before making its discovery public, the Check Point experts alerted Google, who stepped in and eliminated the applications and deleted the developers ‘ accounts that had uploaded and published video games with advertising.