An android malware named “AdultSwine” has attacked children-friendly gaming apps in the play store. Over 60 apps have been pulled by Google after recognizing the malware.
The malware causes pornographic content to show on the devices while the infected app is running, aside from trying to get users to install fake security apps and charging for unregistered premium services. The malware reportedly has the ability to steal user credentials.
The malware was discovered by researchers at Checkpoint
and the affected apps have since been pulled by Google, and the developers’ accounts banned.
The affected apps have been downloaded as much as 3 to 7 million times, according to Play Store data.
A comprehensive list
of affected apps and related research can be found on Checkpoint’s research blog. Google will continue to send notifications to phones that have the affected apps installed.