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Android OS is the biggest mobile operating system and so as the Google Play Store – the home of Android apps and games. The Play Store provides the largest open source platform for developers to show their skill and go mainstream by introducing their apps and games.

The same feature is being misused by some culprits who develop software while inducting malicious codes making the Android OS the most vulnerable one to malware than any other operating system like iOS and Windows.

The recent report claims that Google Play Store has become a hub for those culprits and Google has deleted around 63 games from Play Store after discovering a malicious bug that displayed porn ads in the gaming apps.

Google has not only removed those malicious apps and games from Play Store but also disabled the accounts of such developers. The report further claims that most of those affected apps had over 1 million downloads and some were very popular in children like Five Nights Survival Craft and McQueen Car Racing Game.

A spokesperson from Google says:

We’ve removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers’ accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them. We appreciate Check Point’s work to help keep users safe.

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The malware named “Adult Swine” was used many of those developers to display inappropriate and pornographic ads suggesting users to install fake security apps. It is also learnt that the bug was used to lead users to sign up for premium services thus charging from their accounts. Apart from this, the malicious code can use its infrastructure to broaden its goals to other purposes, such as credential theft etc.

Google has also issued strong warnings to users who installed those 63 apps.

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