Google deletes 60 apps, many aimed at kids, that showed porn ads

Google deletes 60 apps, many aimed at kids, that showed porn ads

Google deletes 60 apps, many aimed at kids, that showed porn ads

A number of Android apps on Google Play that could have been downloaded by children have been serving up an unwelcome surprise: pornographic ads.

Google has deleted 60 games from its Play Store after security firm Check Point uncovered a malicious bug that displayed porn ads in game apps, many of which are aimed at children. Check Point has a full list of the names to 63 malicious apps here.

Google has removed the offending apps from the Google Play Store, but the games have already been downloaded more than 3 million times.

Games like Fit Nights Survival Craft, McQueen Car Racing Game and Addon Pixelmon for MCPE are believed to be the most popular apps affected by AdultSwine.

A security system called Google Play Protect is supposed to defend customers using Google's Android operating system from malicious codes by scanning apps for malware.

In late August of previous year, Google announced some updates to its Android Wear policy which would affect the requirements for an app to obtain an "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge.

"We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers" accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them, ' a Google spokesperson said. The latter is particularly disturbing considering that most of these infected apps were games or drawing tutorials meant to entice kids. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe". Google Play is the only way to download and install applications on Android devices without changing the device's application setting to "allow the installation of non-market applications".

The inappropriate ads being displayed come from two main sources, Check Point said: mainstream ad providers and the malicious code's own ad library (where the porn ads stem from). "Should the user answer them, the malicious code informs the user that he has been successful, and asks him to enter his phone number to receive the prize". It also meant to get users to buy worthless premium services, the researchers found. Google also notes that it manually reviews ads and has strict category blocks to ensure children have a safe experience.

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