Google Play Services 11.9.73 Beta APK is Now Available to Download
14 January, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Larry Hoffman
First, the malicious app displays a misleading ad claiming a virus has infected the user's device.
Checkpoint's on the malware warns it shows pornographic ads which would obscure the actual game, including one featuring a picture of Kim Kardashian - fittingly, the code is called AdultSwine. The bug also leads user towards signing up for premium services that charge the user's account for their services.
In a statement to the Financial Times, a spokesperson for Google said the company will notify users that they've downloaded the malicious apps.
Check Point's graphical description of AdultSwine at work. We advise parents to verify that apps used by their children are categorized as "Designed for Families" on Google Play. Google Play is the only way to download and install applications on Android devices without changing the device's application setting to "allow the installation of non-market applications".
Talking about updates, Google recently published a new APK for Play Services. In a similar way to the scareware tactic presented above, the malicious app initially displays a pop-up ad, which attempts to persuade the user to register for this service.
Check Point said AdultSwine caused pornographic images to pop up during the children's games, including in a car-racing game named after the Disney cartoon character Lightning McQueen, which according to Google data had been downloaded at least 500,000 times. Should the user answer them, the page informs the user that he has been successful, and asks him to enter his phone number to receive the prize.
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"Indeed, these plots continue to be effective even today, especially when they originate in apps downloaded from trusted sources such as Google Play", the publication wrote. Google has also issued strong warnings to users who installed the 63 apps.
When the malicious code is installed onto your phone, it waits for the user to unlock the device to start the malicious activity. Check Point has listed all the affected apps in its research post.
All apps participating in the Designed for Families program must be relevant for children under the age of 13.
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