Pornographic Malware Found in Android Apps for Kids

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) – According to CNN, researchers from security firm Check Point discovered the malware, called AdultSwine, in apps that have been downloaded more than 3 million times, according to a report released Friday.

The gaming apps include titles such as McQueen Car Racing Game, Subway Banana Run Surf, and Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf.

An individual or group of hackers created these malicious games under fake publisher names to distribute their malware and make money off the scheme, Check Point researcher Daniel Padon told CNN Tech.

Once downloaded, the malicious apps displayed “highly pornographic” pop-up advertisements in a new web page, and attempted to scare users into installing fake security apps. It also intended to get users to buy worthless premium services, the researchers found.

According to Check Point, Google removed the malicious apps hours after they were notified of the issue.

“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 told CNN Tech. “We appreciate Check Point’s work to help keep users safe.”

One user said in a comment on the Google Play Store that his son saw pornographic content on one of the apps, according to Check Point’s findings.

The malware was not found in apps that are a part of Google’s “Designed for Families” program. Google staffers manually review apps designed for children. Apps made primarily for kids under 13 must participate in this program, according to the company’s website.

Google said the malicious advertisements did not come from its ad network.

Despite Google’s security precautions, malicious apps can find their way into the Google Play Store. Check Point found 303 malicious apps in the Play Store last year.

Android users should make sure they download apps from known developers and parents of young users are urged to download apps from Google’s family program. Padon also suggested checking apps’ reviews before downloading. But some malware authors create fake reviews to make their apps seem legitimate.

List of Android app displaying malware:

App Name 
Five Nights Survival Craft    
Mcqueen Car Racing Game    
Addon Pixelmon for MCPE    
CoolCraft PE        
Exploration Pro WorldCraft    
Draw Kawaii    
San Andreas City Craft    
Subway Banana Run Surf
Exploration Lite: Wintercraft    
Addon GTA for Minecraft PE    
Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE    
Drawing Lessons Angry Birds    
Temple Crash Jungle Bandicoot    
Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars    
Drawing Lessons Chibi    
Girls Exploration Lite    
Drawing Lessons Subway Surfers    
Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf    
Flash Slither Skin IO        
Invisible Slither Skin IO    
Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago    
Drawing Lessons Lego Chima    
Temple Bandicoot Jungle Run    
Blockcraft 3D    
Jungle Survival Craft 1.0    
Easy Draw Octonauts    
halloweenskinsforminecraft    
skinsyoutubersmineworld    
youtubersskins    
DiadelosMuertos    
Draw X-Men    
Moviesskinsforminecraft    
Virtual Family – Baby Craft    
Mine Craft Slither Skin IO    
Guide Clash IO    
Invisible Skin for Slither IO app    
Zombie Island Craft Survival    
HalloweenMakeUp    
ThanksgivingDay    
ThanksgivingDay2    
Jurassic Survival Craft Game    
Players Unknown Battle Ground    
Subway Bendy Ink Machine Game    
Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game    
Temple Runner Castle Rush    
Dragon Shell for Super Slither    
Flash Skin for Slither IO app    
AnimePictures    
Pixel Survival – Zombie Apocalypse    
Fire Skin for Slither IO app    
San Andreas Gangster Crime    
fidgetspinnerforminecraft    
Stickman Fighter 2018    
Subway Run Surf    
Guide Vikings Hunters    
Woody Pecker    
Pack of Super Skins for Slither    
Spinner Toy for Slither    
How to Draw Coco and The Land of the Dead    
How to Draw Dangerous Snakes and Lizards Species    
How to Draw Real Monster Trucks and Cars    
How to Draw Animal World of The Nut Job 2
How to Draw Batman Legends in Lego Style    

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