Google recently deleted numerous mobile applications on its Playstore, it is as a result of some security checks and investigation done by an Israeli Software Technologies Ltd. “Check Point“. It is proven that the games app that was deleted contains malicious codes that triggers pornographic ads content especially to its young users.
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Check Point also gave deep insight regarding how the malicious game apps operate, it explains how “AdultSwim” (a given name to malware) initiates attacks with explicit pornographic ads, which pops up at every instance on your phone screen thereby tricking you to install its counterfeit security apps which it’ll then make them register for a premium service using their phone numbers. After a download, the app only had to wait for the user to unlock the device or restart it before sending information back to a command and control server, which then instigates the malicious activity.
Check Point also revealed about how the malicious app has been downloaded 3 – 7million times by its users, some of most popular apps which includes Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft. See full list of affected game apps.
Google spokesperson said in a statement to financial times
We’ve removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers’ accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them. We appreciate Check Point’s work to help keep users safe.
Google insists that it manually reviews ads and has strict category blocks to ensure children have a safe experience with Android devices. And that the games apps that were affected aren’t part of the Google family program. In a statement to the Financial Times.
Google does have a safety feature called Google Play Protect, which checks apps when you download them and periodically scans your device for harmful apps to remove them.
Google ensures it is strictly and carefully reviewing ads and has category phase to habituate kids with only appropriate content.