apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them".


The server then instructs the app to hide its icon to prevent deletion and tells which ads to display over which apps.

The Google Play store, which comes pre-installed on Android devices, allows users to purchase, download and install applications from Google and third-party developers. They further went on to thank Check Point for their work in keeping their apps safe. Google was keen to add that the issue doesn't exploit vulnerabilities in Android security, and that users' devices weren't affected.


The researchers from security firm Check Point reported a new Android threat, dubbed AdultSwine, which disguises as Android games.

Another course of action the malicious app pursues is scaring users into installing unnecessary and possibly harmful "security" apps. These services usually take the form of misleading popup ads claiming that the user has won a free iPhone or something similar. If the user clicks through, the malicious code eventually asks him to enter his phone number to receive the "prize", which, of course, is a ploy. Check Point has listed all the affected apps in its research post.


According to Android Police, the option to call users is included in the latest update, with an "Instant App" like experience called App Preview Messaging that's part of Google Play services letting fellow Android users answer calls through Duo. Users have left reviews on the Google Play Store for some of the apps, with one saying, "Don't install for your kids".

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