Google pulls game apps over mal­ware, porn ads

The Washington Post - - ECONOMY & BUSINESS -

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.”

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