Google Duo update allows you to call people without the app installed

Google Duo update allows you to call people without the app installed

A Google spokesperson 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".

Although Google actively scans the Play store for malicious code, policing its vast, ever-evolving catalog of apps is a challenge.

About 60 apps were recently deleted by Google after the company learned that a bug was placing pornographic ads inside the apps.

It does this by contacting the developers' Command and Control server once the app has been downloaded, sends data about the infected device and gets back instructions on what to do next.

The researchers also discovered that the malicious code can move laterally within the phone's infrastructure, opening the door for other attacks, such as user password theft.

Scare users into installing fake "security apps".

Time for a conversation about dictionaries at the very least
Time for a conversation about dictionaries at the very least

The malware, which Check Point dubbed "AdultSwine", attacked users in three ways, with the pornographic ads only being one.

Researchers have found a batch of over 60 malware-carrying apps in Google's Play Store created to rob mobile users or show them pornography, all with a kid-friendly theme.

In this case, the malware initially displays a pop-up ad claiming the user has won an iPhone and that their phone number is needed to collect the prize. Once entered, the malicious code then uses this number to register to premium services. Some of the gaming apps were named San Andreas City Craft, Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE, McQueen Car Racing Game and Subway Banana Run Surf. It also meant to get users to buy worthless premium services, the researchers found.

While some ads showed pornographic images, there were other apps that displayed fake notices which that the phone had been infected by a virus and provided a malicious link to a fake virus cleaner.

The source of the malware has not been pinpointed, but Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Check Point, says it appears the intent was criminal.

The cull came soon after Check Point found the malicious code lurking within apps and games that were specifically geared toward younger users.


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