Pornographic images found on children's games in Google Play store

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Although the offending apps managed to infiltrate Google Play, they never entered the company's "Designed for Families" program, which recommends software for children.

Following an investigation by security firm Check Point, Google has deleted 60 games from the Play Store that were infected with a malicious bug, which among other things injected pornographic ads into games targeted at children.

A Google spokesperson said: "We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them".

The gaming apps include titles such as Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Subway Banana Run Surf, and Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf.

When it comes to the fraudulent premium services, AdultSwine initially displays a pop-up ad saying that the user is entitled to win an iPhone by simply answering four short questions. Google also notes that it manually reviews ads and has strict category blocks to ensure children have a safe experience.


One user said in a comment on the Google Play Store that his son saw pornographic content on one of the apps, according to Check Point's findings.

"We advise parents to verify that apps used by their children are categorized as 'Designed for Families" on Google Play'.

The inappropriate ads being displayed come from two main sources, Check Point said: mainstream ad providers and the malicious code's own ad library (where the porn ads stem from).

Googles messaging apps are pretty much accepted as a mess at this stage, few have taken up the option to install and use either Allo or Duo, but the video messaging service Duo is getting better in the latest update allowing you to call people in your contacts list even if they don't have Duo installed.

Security researchers on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displayed pornographic images to users. If the app is also supposed to work as a standalone app, developers will additionally have to upload the Wear APK to the Play Store separately. Padon also suggested checking apps' reviews before downloading.

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