Google pulls game apps over malware, porn ads
Alphabet’s Google said Friday it had taken down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had found new malicious software in the apps available to children and adults at the Google Play Store.
The software displayed pornographic ads and tried to trick users into buying premium services, Check Point 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,” a Google representative said.
Dubbed Adult Swine, the malware hides in game apps that Google Play data says have been downloaded 3 million to 7 million times, Check Point said. Google said the inappropriate ads within the apps were not Google ads.
The malware also tried to trick users into installing fake security apps and could open the door for other attacks, such as theft of user data, Check Point said.
The games included “Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf,” “Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game” and “Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE.”