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

13 January 2018

The category was introduced to the Google Play store in June, featuring apps that raise the bar in how they treat the user experience and function.

Raising the bar for the "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge is not only good for consumers, since it makes it easier to find higher quality apps for Android Wear, it also helps developers by making their apps eligible to be listed on the top charts for Android Wear, as well as giving them a chance to be featured in Google's curated collections on the Play Store.

The malicious app is called Adult Swine, and Check Point said that the big displays inappropriate and pornographic ads, which are attempts to trick users into installing face security apps, and also attempts to get users to sign up for premium services that are charged directly to the user's account. It also meant to get users to buy worthless premium services, the researchers found.

Time for a conversation about dictionaries at the very least
Time for a conversation about dictionaries at the very least

Google updated the Android Excellence list with a new set of apps and games.

Such exclusively family-based apps are checked manually by Google for malware and ad content, according to those familiar with the situation, but the AdultSwine code was put out for general release.

AdultSwine's third malicious activity is to charge the victim's account for fraudulent premium services they did not request. It might, for example, tell users they could win a "free iPhone" by answering a few questions before prompting them to enter a phone number.

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Malicious code named "AdultSwine" was hidden in the affected apps, as Check Point Researchers discovered.

In some cases this link is merely to an advertisement, but it could also lead to whatever social engineering scheme the attackers likes. In that instance, the button was titled with a seductive: "Remove virus now".

Affected apps include Five Nights Survival Craft, with between 1 million and 5 million downloads, and Mcqueen Car Racing Game, which has been downloaded at least 500,000 times. One user says, "Don't install for your kids".

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"Due to the pervasive use of mobile apps, AdultSwine and other similar malicious apps are likely to be continually repeated and imitated by hackers", the researchers said in a blog post.

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