Google, the most popular search engine online has intensified its fight against pornography. Google’s fight against porn has been obvious from various points:
- Websites with Google Adsense get banned once they start showing pornographic contents
- Pornographic websites, although they have a large number of views, get banned sometimes in YouTube and their videos deleted
- Porn apps get deleted from playstore
There is no obvious backing down in Google’s fight against pornography. Apart from Google, I also disagree with it because it is scripturally wrong. Logically also, it does more harm than good as it gives you bad vibes and leaves you susceptible to sexual immorality.
A Security Firm called Checkpoint recently confirmed that Google has deleted 60 games from the Play Store that were infected with a malicious bug, which among other things injected pornographic ads into games to be used by children. According to Google Play’s public data, the infected games had been downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times.
The malware, which Check Point named as “AdultSwine,” attacked users in three ways, with the pornographic ads only being one. In addition, the malware tried to get users to install fake security apps, themselves often ridden with malware, or register for a premium service using their phone number.
I really think that if Google really wars against porn, it should remove such contents from search results and stop showing results for such
How the virus works
This reminds me of ransomware
Check Point has a full list of the affected apps in its post on the issue. The most popular include
- FiveNights Survival Craft
- McqueenCar Racing Game
- Addon Pixelmon for MCPE
- ExplorationPro WorldCraft.
CheckPoint didn’t explain how the malicious code found its way inside otherwise-innocuous apps, but it did demonstrate how the attack worked once the game was downloaded. After a download, the app only had to wait for a reboot, or for the user to unlock their screen lock, to start sending information back to a command and control server, which would then serve the ads.
In a statement to the Financial Times, a Google spokesperson said “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.” Google’s fight against pornography should not back down because a lot of folks are online. Let’s not offend God and cause ourselves trouble.