Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Google removes gaming apps with pop-up porn malware

Google is adding new capabilities To Google Duo Pornographic images found on children's games in Google Play store
Nina Mathis | 14 January, 2018, 00:46

Due to a malicious bug, Google has proceeded to deleting 60 games from its Play Store.

In some cases, the malware would also prompt users to register for premium services - meaning charges would be applied. In a statement provided to ABC7 News, Google also says that "AdultSwine" did not exploit an Android security vulnerability and that users' devices were not compromised. The affected apps have been downloaded between three to seven million times, the researchers citing Google Play data, said.

"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", the researchers wrote.

There are a bunch of apps that make Google's operating system awesome, but what many people don't know is that none of them would work without Play Services.

This time however, the ad claims that the user is entitled to win an iPhone by simply answering four short questions. 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.

"Developers [have] reported unexpected latency between when a user installs a mobile app and when the corresponding Wear app is installed via multi-APK on Wear 1.0 devices", Lam stated in a Google+ post.




The scareware "virus removal solution" was suspended from Google Play for using inappropriate marketing tactics to drive installs.

Researchers at Check Point found that 63 apps were affected. Those credentials could be transferred back to a server and used by malicious hackers.

When the malicious code was installed on your phone, the code would execute when the device is unlocked.

A Google spokesperson said the infected apps don't strictly qualify as intended for children because the malware developers didn't participate in Designed for Families, a strictly controlled and manually reviewed program on the Google Play Store.

For more full details of the research, please visit our Research Blog.

Recommended

  • Before budget, inflation at 5.2% and Industrial growth at 8.4%

    Before budget, inflation at 5.2% and Industrial growth at 8.4%

    The PCE price index was up 1.8% in November from a year earlier, and prices excluding food and energy rose 1.5% on the year. The dollar briefly trimmed losses against a basket of currencies after the CPI data, but later slumped to a four-month low.
    Israeli gov't approves 2019 budget of 117 bln Dollars

    Israeli gov't approves 2019 budget of 117 bln Dollars

    Netanyahu will be the second Israeli premier to visit India after diplomatic ties were established between the two sides in 1992. Netanyahu will lead an Israeli trade delegation comprised of some 130 business leaders to negotiate defense deals.
    Former UD quarterback Nagy named Chicago Bears coach

    Former UD quarterback Nagy named Chicago Bears coach

    Both played for legendary DE head coach Tubby Raymond, who served as head coach of the Blue Hens for 36 seasons in 1966-2001. The former Chiefs offensive coordinator was officially welcomed to the team in a news conference Tuesday at Halas Hall.
  • Facebook to Update News Feed for Making Friends a Priority

    Facebook to Update News Feed for Making Friends a Priority

    Mr Akhil Karthik, who runs a social media campaign, said, " Facebook is making it hard for social media marketing". One of the ways we do this is by connecting people to meaningful posts from their friends and family in News Feed.
    Trump Cancels Trip to London

    Trump Cancels Trip to London

    The president was due to open the new £740m U.S. embassy in south London in February, but has made a decision to cancel the visit. British newspapers cited concerns about protests during a visit as officials tried to gauge how much pomp should greet Trump .
    'This is the Netherlands' was a shot at the U.S.  media, too

    'This is the Netherlands' was a shot at the U.S. media, too

    But when the clip was played for him, the Dutch-born ambassador then denied accusing his interviewer on camera just moments before of " fake news".
  • Camila Cabello Says Fifth Harmony's 2017 VMA Performance Was 'Petty'

    Camila Cabello Says Fifth Harmony's 2017 VMA Performance Was 'Petty'

    She continued, "It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time ". When she later proposed she help write lyrics for future Harmony tracks, the other members reportedly rebuffed.
    Ecuador grants citizenship to Assange

    Ecuador grants citizenship to Assange

    Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Assange was naturalised as a citizen on 12 December, at his request. The WikiLeaks co-founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy fighting sexual assault allegations in Sweden.
    Harvey Weinstein Got Slapped In The Face Last Night

    Harvey Weinstein Got Slapped In The Face Last Night

    The camera then follows Weinstein and the sober coach at a distance as the two approach the parking valet in a covered corridor. Since that time, dozens of women have come forward to share their stories of abuse allegedly at the hands of Weinstein.
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Is Doing Really Well On The Switch

    Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Is Doing Really Well On The Switch

    Prior to the game's release, fans can play as Beerus in the second open beta test which begins Sunday and ends on Tuesday. If you pre-ordered the game, you can jump in on Saturday 13th January at 00:00 PST/08:00 GMT.
    DeLauro pushes CDC director for answers on E. coli outbreak

    DeLauro pushes CDC director for answers on E. coli outbreak

    Currently, no common supplier, distributor, or retailer of leafy greens has been identified as a possible source of the outbreak. It's also important to avoid preparing food when you are sick, particularly if you are sick with diarrhea.
    Mario Tennis Aces heading to Switch this spring

    Mario Tennis Aces heading to Switch this spring

    The Wii U platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming to the Switch with Funky Kong as a new playable character. Dark Souls Remastered marks the debut of From Software's punishing/rewarding RPG on the Nintendo family of products.

Efforts under way to ease US-Pakistan tensions over aid suspension Efforts under way to ease US-Pakistan tensions over aid suspension Of course, Pakistan might ultimately be bluffing, but its best bet is nevertheless to play the Afghan card in one capacity or another as an asymmetrical response to the US.

So This Is Why Kylie Jenner Won't Confirm Her Pregnancy So This Is Why Kylie Jenner Won't Confirm Her Pregnancy Kim Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West , are also gearing up for the arrival of their third child . It would seem that after Scott's snap Kardashian/Jenner enthusiasts chipped in with their own clues.

Antonio Conte blames fatigue after Chelsea are held to third straight stalemate Antonio Conte blames fatigue after Chelsea are held to third straight stalemate Asked about Morata's poor display at Stamford Bridge , Conte said: 'I think the problem is the team, not only Morata. With all that put together, it is hard not to pick Chelsea to win this game.

Saudi women creates history by watching soccer match Saudi women creates history by watching soccer match The rest of the country's football grounds will be ready for female fans by the beginning of the next sporting season. Construction teams had scrambled to build female toilets and line off a women-only parking lot ahead of the game.

Europe urges Trump to honor Iran nuclear deal Europe urges Trump to honor Iran nuclear deal Speaking after today's meeting in Brussels, the EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said: "The deal is working". Trump has been a harsh critic of the JCPOA, saying Iran got too much of a benefit while giving up too little.

Gambit Loses Director, Gets Release Date Gambit Loses Director, Gets Release Date Liman eventually bowed out as well, in all likelihood because he wasn't satisfied with whatever form the script was taking. The project was expected to begin production this March in New Orleans, but it's unclear if that's still the case.

Official confirms that Zuma exit not discussed by ANC NEC Official confirms that Zuma exit not discussed by ANC NEC You can't say when you have a president of the ANC and president of the country ... these two must exist in parallel. President Kenyatta is scheduled to make his first foreign trip his his reelection for second term on October 26th.

In China, Macron offers a horse, and a vision to counter Trump In China, Macron offers a horse, and a vision to counter Trump The two signed several major trade deals during the visit , that included fields such as food, nuclear power and aerospace. China is the world's second biggest aviation market, making it ripe for competition between Airbus and Boeing.

From rain to ice to snow, Jackson hit with big temperature drop From rain to ice to snow, Jackson hit with big temperature drop Longmont could see some high winds today but should see clear skies over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service . Wind chill values could be as low as minus 15 degrees from northwesterly, then southeasterly winds in the afternoon.

Hawkeyes Rally Past Illinois Hawkeyes Rally Past Illinois Iowa needed just 2:08 to reel off the first 10 points of the second half and force IL to call a timeout to pick up the pieces. Leading the scoring for IL this year is Leron Black, with 14.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG, while Michael Finke has 10.6 PPG and 5.4 RPG.

Hunt for killer who raped 7yo in Pakistan Hunt for killer who raped 7yo in Pakistan It has been learnt that a 16-year-old girl was raped and brutally murdered in Bhalwal tehsil of Sargodha which lies in Punjab. An FIR was also lodged against the killing of one of the victims of police firing, Shoaib Islam, at B-Division police station.

Patrick Kane Named to NHL All-Star Game Roster Patrick Kane Named to NHL All-Star Game Roster He proved to be a bargain, tallying 65 points (28 goals, 37 assists) in 2016-17, and has continued to prove himself this season. This year's game is January 28 in Tampa, Fla. and will again feature 11 players from each of the NHL's four divisions.

Facebook overhauls news feed to focus on friends and family Facebook overhauls news feed to focus on friends and family He has said his resolution this year was to fix Facebook , and it looks like he sees this as a step in that direction. Such a move would thrust Facebook into an even more active role in deciding what content is acceptable on its site.

AFTRA Looking Into 'All The Money In The World' Pay Disparity Claims AFTRA Looking Into 'All The Money In The World' Pay Disparity Claims It's also unclear whether or not Williams knew that Wahlberg hadn't yet committed to the reshoots when she agreed to participate. Mark Wahlberg reportedly held up production on " All the Money in the World " reshoots until he got his $1.5 million payday.

Caribbean hit by massive natural disaster Caribbean hit by massive natural disaster Tsunami warnings were issued for the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Caribbean islands, Central America, and Mexico. A tsunami advisory signals a threat to those in or near water, as strong currents and waves could be unsafe .