The security agency Check Point discovered the existence of a malware called AdultSwine, which is found in 60 Google Play applications. These apps and games are intended for children and display ads with pornographic content.
Malware with pornography in children's applications
There are 60 games that include the malware known as AdultSwine, according to Check Point. According to their estimates, this malware is installed on a figure ranging from 3 to 7 million users.
But what does AdultSwine do? As you may suspect, the purpose of this malware is that you end up paying money. And for that, it uses a strategy in which they show ads and offer a solution in exchange for a premium subscription. From there, they will try to steal our credentials.
It all starts when the application is installed on the device. This continues waiting for the user to unlock the screen to start operating. From here, it will start displaying ads from two sources, an ad provider, and the malicious code itself.
After displaying inappropriate ads, we will begin to receive warnings that our mobile phone has a virus, that we download a security application (if you know anything about computer science, you will know this is a trap). This will take us to Google Play to download the following application.
As an alternative to anti-virus applications, we will also receive ads that will attempt to register for premium services. A pop-up that will prompt us to enter personal data, something like You won an iPhone (yes, there are still people who believe that).
How AdultSwine Works – Summary
The guys at Check Point have clearly defined how this cyberattack works in three simple steps:
- The application specifically shows inappropriate ads, usually with pornographic content.
- He later tries to trick us by installing fake security applications.
- Inducing users to register for the premium service by taking advantage of it.
How to protect us from AdulSwine
As we mentioned earlier, malware AdultSwine is available in about 60 Google Play apps, including one that has been downloaded more than a million times. Many of them are games; of a beaten nature; free and with some similarity in the title of games of reputation.
It's not the first time we've commented that no matter how much Android security evolves, in the end the human being is the weakest link in the system. In the case of this malware is a typical case of taking advantage of user ignorance, with an audience that in most cases will be childish.
To avoid AdultSwine, the strategy is simple. Avoid any substitute popular video game. Virtually every game on the list is modifications and free video games that are extremely popular. If the game title sounds to you, make sure the developer is a legitimate company .
If it's a good time to educate If you are a parent and your children use the cell phone, do not try to have absolute control because you avoid these applications, then you have no problem for the day being alone Try to explain that in life, nothing is free and to be cautious is worth two.
Which known applications are in the list
- Five Nights Survival Craft
- Mcqueen Car Racing Game
- Addon Pixelmon for MCPE
- CoolCraft PE
- Exploration Pro WorldCraft
- Draw Kawaii
- San Andreas City Craft
- Subway Banana Run Surf
- Exploration Lite: Wintercraft
- GTA Addon for Minecraft PE
- Addon SpongeBob SquarePants for MCPE
- Drawing Lessons Angry Birds
- Temple Crash Jungle Bandicoot
- Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars
- Drawing lessons Chibi
- Girls Exploration Lite
- Drawing lessons Subway Surfers
- Paw Puppy Run Subway Surf
- Flash Slither Skin IO
- Invisible Slither Skin IO
- Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago
- Drawing Lessons Lego Chima
- Temple Bandicoot Jungle Run
- Blockcraft 3D
- Jungle Survival Craft 1.0
- Easy Draw Octonauts
- Draw X-Men
- Virtual Family – Baby Craft
- Mine Craft Slither Skin IO
- Shock Guide IO
- Invisible skin for Slither IO application
- Zombie Island Craft Survival
- Jurassic Survival Craft Game
- Player Unknown Battle Ground
- Subway Bendy Ink Machine Game
- Shin Hero Boy Adventure Game
- Temple Runner Castle Rush
- Dragon Shell for Super Slither
- Flash Skin for Slither IO app
- San Andreas Gangster Crime
- Stickman Fighter 2018
- Subway Run Surf
- Vikings Hunters Guide
- Woody Pecker
- Slither Super Skins Package
- Spinner Toy for Slither
- How to draw Coco and The Land of the Dead
- How to draw dangerous species of snakes and lizards
- How to draw Real Monster Trucks and Cars
- How to draw the nut world of Job 2
- How to draw Batman Legends in Lego Style