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Google Play takes down 63 children's apps after malware discovered

Google Play takes down 63 children's apps after malware discovered

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.

Android smartphone users are regularly advised to download apps only from official sources such as Google Play to avoid malware, but security researchers have again found malicious apps in the store. However, it also attempts to trick users into installing fake security apps and tries to dupe users to register and pay for premium services.

Check Point said Google took "decisive corrective action" to remove affected apps upon learning of the firm's findings, disabled the developers' accounts and will continue to show strong warnings to any users that still have the app installed.

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.

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Read the full story at SiliconBeat. Clicking on the ads will redirect the victim to download a dodgy Android app called Goldeness Browser. Numerous apps are games reportedly geared toward young children. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe".

Google has made a very new and significant change to its Duo app. Therefore, Play Services is a key core component to Google's premium user experience.

It said games and apps intended for children were a new target for cyber criminals that had targeted hospitals, businesses and governments in the past. Many users left reviews on the Google Play Store for some of the apps.

Google removed the affected apps from the Google Play app store soon after Check Point reported the issue. If the user clicks through, the malicious code eventually asks him to enter his phone number to receive the "prize", which, of course, is a ploy. The most popular include Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft.


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