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The server then instructs the app to hide its icon to prevent deletion and tells which ads to display over which apps. The second is the malicious code's own ad library, which contains ads of an offensive nature, including pornographic ads. The phone number would be used to register for premium services.

Google points out that though the apps were geared toward kids, they wouldn't be found in its "Designed For Families" section, where the company highlights safe apps which are specifically designed for families and children.

The researchers from security firm Check Point reported a new Android threat, dubbed AdultSwine, which disguises as Android games. Google was keen to add that the issue doesn't exploit vulnerabilities in Android security, and that users' devices weren't affected.

Googles messaging apps are pretty much accepted as a mess at this stage, few have taken up the option to install and use either Allo or Duo, but the video messaging service Duo is getting better in the latest update allowing you to call people in your contacts list even if they don't have Duo installed.

Attempting to trick users into installing fake "security apps".

When the malicious code is installed onto your phone, it waits for the user to unlock the device to start the malicious activity.


The 60 games, with names such as "Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago" and "Subway Banana Run Surf", were downloaded 3 million to 7 million times, Google Play data shows.

Infected apps include Five Nights Survival Craft (with over 1 million downloads), Mcqueen Car Racing Game (over 500,000 downloads) and Addon Pixelmon for MCPE (over 500,000 downloads).

Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, is the official app store for Android smartphones and tablets.

Apps infected with the nasty "AdultSwine" malicious code are able to cause emotional and financial distress.

Apple's App Store does contend with malware but, due in large part to tighter restrictions and a far smaller number of apps and users, the iOS App Store appears to be hit less frequently with malware outbreaks than its Android counterpart.


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