Google deleted Friday 60 kid-themed apps from its Play store because they were infected. This occurred quickly after security firm Check Point found that they contained malware that could display pornographic content, trick users into installing fake "security apps," or induce them to sign up for premium SMS services.
Some titles, like titles like "Drawing Lessons Angry Birds," "Temple Crash Jungle Bandicoot" and "Spinner Fidget Toy," had between 3.5 million and 7 million downloads. Check Point dubbed the malware "AdultSwine." After Google deleted the apps from Play, the malware will however continue to live in people's phones until they get rid of it. Developers account for those apps were disabled.
Google will also send warnings to users about this. Google says that such apps wouldn't have appeared in what Play calls its Designed for Families section, where it recommends safe, appropriate ads for children. The company is "struggling to keep certain malware outside the App store" because some nasty code can only be detected by dynamically analyzing the context of an app's actions, which is hard to do, a Check Point researcher explains. It’s expected that such malware will continue to be produced, so "users should be extra vigilant when installing apps, particularly those intended for use by children."
Here is an extended list of apps removed: How to Draw Dangerous Snakes and Lizards Species, How to Draw Real Monster Trucks and Cars, How to Draw Animal World of The Nut Job, How to Draw Batman Legends in Lego Style, 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, Addon GTA for Minecraft PE, Addon Sponge Bob 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, halloweenskinsforminecraft, skinsyoutubersmineworld, youtubersskins, DiadelosMuertos, Draw X-Men, Moviesskinsforminecraft, Virtual Family – Baby Craft, Mine Craft Slither Skin IO, Guide Clash IO, Invisible Skin for Slither IO app, Zombie Island Craft Survival, HalloweenMakeUp, ThanksgivingDay, ThanksgivingDay2, Jurassic Survival Craft Game, Players 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, AnimePictures, Pixel Survival – Zombie Apocalypse, Fire Skin for Slither IO app, San Andreas Gangster Crime and more...