Android malware shows porn ads to children

Posted January 16, 2018

In a similar way to the scareware tactic presented above, the malware initially displays a pop-up ad, which attempts to persuade the user to register for this service.

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.

Tech giant Google declared on Friday that it took down 60 gaming applications after new malicious softwares were discovered in the gaming programs. The apps were believed to be downloaded on as many as seven million Android devices. The apps were mostly targeted at children and contained explicit ads and warnings of a non-existent virus.

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

Collectively known as AdultSwine, each application contacted its Command and Control server and received instructions on whether to hide its icon and which ads to display. The company clarified that the inappropriate ads within the apps were not Google ads.

Registering To Premium ServicesAnother technique used by the malicious malware is registering to premium services and charging the victim's account for fraudulent premium services they did not request.

Researchers at Check Point warned that while the majority of AdultSwine's functionality amounted to annoyance and small financial burdens, it had the potential to be much more damaging and could have been used to steal login credentials from victims, which could lead to sensitive information being compromised.

Google has also taken a stand by removing these apps and banning the publishers from the Play Store.

While most people will know not to click on the ads or hand over any data, they could have fooled less tech-savvy users and children.

On the full list of affected apps released by Check Point, the most popular of them includes Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft.

Google has said that strong warnings will continue to be displayed on any device with the corrupt apps installed. To help parents and guardians find age-appropriate content for their children, Google has a family collection on Play Store to do the trick.