Malware causing Adult content / Premium services to appear in games on the Google Play Store

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Found 15th Jan
As per title, it looks like around 60 apps, some of which targeted at children have been hit by malware that displays adult content ads or trying to dupe users into signing up to premium services.

The piece of malware has been dubbed "AdultSwine’ and it's not that hard to see why.
Most of the games are unknown to me persoanlly, but some have over half a million downloads or more, with their being so many affected I thought it was worth mentioning this, just in case.

It's worth mentioning that it doesn't look like this is down to the game developers themselves, but the malware infecting the app after it's downloaded

According to this article credentials may have also been at risk

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List of named apps
More info on this Here (Source)


Addon GTA for Minecraft PE
Addon Pixelmon for MCPE
Addon Sponge Bob for MCPE
AnimePictures
Blockcraft 3D
CoolCraft PE
DiadelosMuertos
Dragon Shell for Super Slither
Draw Kawaii
Drawing Lessons Angry Birds
Drawing Lessons Chibi
Drawing Lessons Lego Chima
Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago
Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars
Drawing Lessons Subway Surfers
Easy Draw Octonauts
Exploration Lite : Wintercraft
Exploration Pro WorldCraft
Fire Skin for Slither IO app
Five Nights Survival Craft
Flash Skin for Slither IO app
Flash Slither Skin IO
Guide Clash IO
Guide Vikings Hunters
HalloweenMakeUp
How to Draw Animal World of The Nut Job 2
How to Draw Batman Legends in Lego Style
How to Draw Coco and The Land of the Dead
How to Draw Dangerous Snakes and Lizards Species
How to Draw Real Monster Trucks and Cars
Invisible Skin for Slither IO app
Invisible Slither Skin IO
Jungle Survival Craft 1.0
Jurassic Survival Craft Game
Mcqueen Car Racing Game
Mine Craft Slither Skin IO
Moviesskinsforminecraft
Pack of Super Skins for Slither
Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf
Pixel Survival – Zombie Apocalypse
Players Unknown Battle Ground
San Andreas City Craft
San Andreas Gangster Crime
Spinner Toy for Slither
Stickman Fighter 2018
Subway Banana Run Surf
Subway Bendy Ink Machine Game
Subway Run Surf
Temple Bandicoot Jungle Run
Temple Crash Jungle Bandicoot
Temple Runner Castle Rush
ThanksgivingDay2
ThanksgivingDay
Virtual Family – Baby Craft
Woody Pecker
Zombie Island Craft Survival
fidgetspinnerforminecraft
halloweenskinsforminecraft
skinsyoutubersmineworld
youtubersskins
Draw X-Men
Girls Exploration Lite
Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game

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davewave49 m ago

Perhaps small kids shouldn't use mobiles or tablets eh?


Yes, because in this world of technology, it is a good idea to deny kids access to it until later life. What a stupid thing to say. As long as parents are sensible then theres nothing wrong with 4 year olds using tablets.
Perhaps small kids shouldn't use mobiles or tablets eh?
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"Not good at all my son is only 4"

Lamenting the fact they are only 4 so had no use for the ads to keep them 'occupied'.... ?


Why do I look at the world this way?
Perhaps small kids shouldn't use mobiles or tablets eh?
At last a list of essential games to download 🔥🔥🔥🔥
who would have thought something like this could happen.
davewave41 m ago

Perhaps small kids shouldn't use mobiles or tablets eh?


Why?
davewave49 m ago

Perhaps small kids shouldn't use mobiles or tablets eh?


Yes, because in this world of technology, it is a good idea to deny kids access to it until later life. What a stupid thing to say. As long as parents are sensible then theres nothing wrong with 4 year olds using tablets.
Subway Banana and Woody Pecker

Is that the name of the apps or the adult movies I can expect to see?
julieallen4 m ago

Yes, because in this world of technology, it is a good idea to deny kids …Yes, because in this world of technology, it is a good idea to deny kids access to it until later life. What a stupid thing to say. As long as parents are sensible then theres nothing wrong with 4 year olds using tablets.


No you're right... 4 year olds must have a tablet, books and toys would be useless.
Dave solves the mystery of low British productivity.
davewave12 m ago

No you're right... 4 year olds must have a tablet, books and toys would be …No you're right... 4 year olds must have a tablet, books and toys would be useless.


Not wanting to get in an argument - why can't they have both, under supervision? No one said they must have a tablet.
Edited by: "tregs" 15th Jan
tregs10 m ago

Not wanting to get in an argument - why can't they have both, under …Not wanting to get in an argument - why can't they have both, under supervision? No one said they must have a tablet.


Books and regular toys can't be hacked, keeping kids safe is paramount.
davewave1 m ago

Books and regular toys can't be hacked, keeping kids safe is paramount.


Agreed. Supervise the internet
tregs2 m ago

Agreed. Supervise the internet


Yes. Sit with the 4 year old to ensure the child is supervised.

Or alternatively provide a learning/playing tool which doesn't need to be supervised to avoid the risk of exposure to pornography.
davewave2 m ago

Yes. Sit with the 4 year old to ensure the child is supervised.Or …Yes. Sit with the 4 year old to ensure the child is supervised.Or alternatively provide a learning/playing tool which doesn't need to be supervised to avoid the risk of exposure to pornography.


Do both. Welcome to the future. Or switch the internet off for those that can't be bothered to supervise?
Edited by: "tregs" 15th Jan
julieallen41 m ago

Yes, because in this world of technology, it is a good idea to deny kids …Yes, because in this world of technology, it is a good idea to deny kids access to it until later life. What a stupid thing to say. As long as parents are sensible then theres nothing wrong with 4 year olds using tablets.


I used to be a bit of a Luddite too, but after having kids, have realised that access to this type of technology is essential if they are to keep up with their peers. My daughter's school uses a lot of app-based learning, and actively encourages the use of certain apps at home - indeed, they set up user accounts so that they can track progress/continue in the classroom. If you deny them access, they soon fall behind.
This has been ongoing since nursery.
Edited by: "fivegoldstars" 15th Jan
tregs32 m ago

Do both. Welcome to the future. Or switch the internet off for those that …Do both. Welcome to the future. Or switch the internet off for those that can't be bothered to supervise?


Yes.
If the game does not require an internet connection you can turn off wifi and it stops most adds loading as they come from the web while the kids use .
On Google devices you can also set permissions on what apps can turn on/off wifi (not sure about Apple products).
tregs44 m ago

Agreed. Supervise the internet



So long as it's parents doing the supervising, and not any government.

The best thing about the net is it's uncensored.

Censorship would be used by all those with dictatorship tendencies, and would be used as a tool to control the masses.

The public would only be able to access the State approved view - every other view would be unavailable - think the net in North Korea.


Pornography and other adult themed content could quite easily be controlled without the need to censor everything.
I'm old enough to remember being able to access all sorts of sites (almost all for work purposes) where we could get info from the people at the front line in their field (lot of academic stuff).

These days we can't seem to access these sites any more and often find ourselves directed towards far lower standard sites.

To give an example; a while ago we needed information re very old buildings - we'd had no problems getting it in the past, but it seemed to be far too big an ask for Google, which kept putting us to sites entirely inadequate and unrelated to our seach.

Instead of getting on with the job itself we had to spend an enormous amount of time locating the sites via other search engines.
Forgot to say thanks to the Op for the heads up.

Never use Google play myself but can warn my kids about this - mind you, they probably already know - every time I go to tell them stuff they're like 'Yeah, Dad, we know, we knew about it years ago, have you only just found out? etc'.
tryn2help28 m ago

The best thing about the net is it's uncensored.


Not in the UK.
RossD8910 m ago

Not in the UK.



I suppose you're right.

I'm not too up on it, but I have heard some mumblings about creeping censorship - can't remember every little thing these days.

Anywho, I'm not happy about it.

Fiendish mammonite swine strangling the God-given life out of everything.
davewave1 h, 54 m ago

No you're right... 4 year olds must have a tablet, books and toys would be …No you're right... 4 year olds must have a tablet, books and toys would be useless.


You must have quoted the wrong person, as I didn't say any of that. Either that, or maybe your parents should have allowed you access to technology when you were younger so you understand things written on the internet better
julieallen10 m ago

You must have quoted the wrong person, as I didn't say any of that. Either …You must have quoted the wrong person, as I didn't say any of that. Either that, or maybe your parents should have allowed you access to technology when you were younger so you understand things written on the internet better



He is just spouting this generations buzz words like the outdated fossil he presumably is.

Before this it was computer games turn everyone into killers. Before that the TV was robbing everyone of independent thoughts. My mum says her dad used to tell her to stop reading stories because they rot her brain. Blah blah.
g8spur8 m ago

He is just spouting this generations buzz words like the outdated fossil …He is just spouting this generations buzz words like the outdated fossil he presumably is.Before this it was computer games turn everyone into killers. Before that the TV was robbing everyone of independent thoughts. My mum says her dad used to tell her to stop reading stories because they rot her brain. Blah blah.


Porn for four year olds, surely you think that must be a bad idea?
For kids that are non verbal, tablets/iPads are incredibly useful. My middle child is severely autistic and can't talk. But with the help of various communication apps can make his wishes known. Just twenty years ago the cost of a communication device was prohibitive for most people. There shouldn't be an age limit on this. Moreover kids apps and my son's ability to use them have demonstrated how able he actually is.
davewave18 m ago

Porn for four year olds, surely you think that must be a bad idea?


<rolling eyes emoji>
jenimac4413 m ago

For kids that are non verbal, tablets/iPads are incredibly useful. My …For kids that are non verbal, tablets/iPads are incredibly useful. My middle child is severely autistic and can't talk. But with the help of various communication apps can make his wishes known. Just twenty years ago the cost of a communication device was prohibitive for most people. There shouldn't be an age limit on this. Moreover kids apps and my son's ability to use them have demonstrated how able he actually is.



I don't think Dave or anyone else would object to your child's use of such tech - I believe he was more concerned with those kids who are often given a phone etc just to shut them up because their parents don't have any time for them.
I think opendns could solve blocking adverts like this at router or device level. Everyone can have a read of the setup guide and it's available at no cost opendns.com/set…de/
tryn2help2 h, 36 m ago

So long as it's parents doing the supervising, and not any government.The …So long as it's parents doing the supervising, and not any government.The best thing about the net is it's uncensored.Censorship would be used by all those with dictatorship tendencies, and would be used as a tool to control the masses.The public would only be able to access the State approved view - every other view would be unavailable - think the net in North Korea.Pornography and other adult themed content could quite easily be controlled without the need to censor everything.


Uncensored best laugh of 2018 so far.
MSK.4 m ago

Uncensored best laugh of 2018 so far.



I don't know what's more worrying, the fact we're censored, or the fact I've forgotten we're censored.
tryn2help25 m ago

I don't know what's more worrying, the fact we're censored, or the fact …I don't know what's more worrying, the fact we're censored, or the fact I've forgotten we're censored.


Probably the former for me and the latter for you?
MSK.2 m ago

Probably the former for me and the latter for you?



Jeepers, getting older really is no fun.
tryn2help1 m ago

Jeepers, getting older really is no fun.


Maybe you just didn't know?
Sounds like some sick paedophile made this virus and deliberately implanted it in child-orientated apps. I hope cyber security can trace its source.
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