AdultSwine malware could invade your children's phones with pronographic images

Delia Walker
January 14, 2018

The apps may have been taken off the Google Play store, but the malware will remain on an infected phone.

In this case, the hidden code inside the offending apps, dubbed AdultSwine, will either show pornographic ads from a third-party server or through the code's own ad library, Check Point said.

Lookout confirmed Check Point's findings on AdultSwine malware and said their security software has protected Android users since April 2017.

Another technique used by the malicious app is registering to premium services and charging the victim's account for fraudulent premium services they did not request. Google says it also vets every app developer in Google Play. "Along with encouraging users to download scareware and pay for premium services, "AdultSwine' also stole credentials", the Check Point researchers noted".


Affected apps include Five Nights Survival Craft, with between 1 million and 5 million downloads, and Mcqueen Car Racing Game, which has been downloaded at least 500,000 times.

Read our developer guide, The Family Playbook, to get tips on how to succeed with family and kid-focused apps and games on Google Play.

Fortunately, Google has already removed the fake malware-laced Swift Cleaner app from the Google Play Store.

"Although for now this malicious app seems to be a nasty nuisance, and most certainly damaging on both an emotional and financial level, it nevertheless also has a potentially much wider range of malicious activities that it can pursue, all relying on the same common concept", Check Point warned.


"However, Google does work diligently to ensure that blacklisted apps are removed from the store".

Attempting to trick users into installing fake "security apps". It might, for example, tell users they could win a "free iPhone" by answering a few questions before prompting them to enter a phone number. The apps in the family program have not been affected.

Cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. discovered the malware, which it named "AdultSwine", and informed Google about the infected games, some of which were targeted toward children.


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