AdultSwine malware could invade your children's phones with pronographic images

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Security firm Check Point noticed the problem in over 60 apps; they contained hidden code that can display adult-oriented content, along with fake alerts claiming a virus has infected the device. The pornographic ads and content comes from the malware's own ad library.

Lookout confirmed Check Point's findings on AdultSwine malware and said their security software has protected Android users since April 2017.

AdultSwine can also cost victims money by tricking users into allowing it to send them premium text messages that charge the mobile phone's account.

Upon selecting the 'Remove Virus Now' call to action, the user is directed to another app in the Google Play Store posing as a virus removal solution.

The researchers from security firm Check Point reported a new Android threat, dubbed AdultSwine, which disguises as Android games.

"Google maintained that the issue does not exploit vulnerabilities in its Android security and that users" devices were not affected. Some of the apps include those that have been downloaded over 1 million times, like Five Nights Survival Craft and McQueen Car Racing Game, which is based on the Disney Pixarcharacter from the film Cars.

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You can use these features on WhatsApp by enrolling Google's beta programme, or downloading the latest APK version. The official WhatsApp FAQ still has the "Show all Contacts" option if you look at the "Finding Contacts" section.

The data-stealing malware is also capable of other kinds of malicious activities such as performing click ad frauds, remote command execution and sending SMS.

"However, Google does work diligently to ensure that blacklisted apps are removed from the store". The apps were downloaded between 3.5 to 7 million times in total.

Check Point said it expected AdultSwine and similar malware to be repeated and imitated by hackers, warning users to be extra vigilant when installing apps, especially those intended for use by children.

It is quite surprising that these apps found their way to the Play Store.

Check Point researchers said at least one review left by a parent on Google Play's store in November had complained about pornographic pictures, which had appeared when his four-year-old was playing a game.

All apps participating in the Designed for Families program must be relevant for children under the age of 13.

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