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Google removes 'porn clicker' malware from Play Store

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    Google has removed dozens of apps from its Play Store that purport to be games but secretly click on advertisements on pornographic websites.

    Security company Eset found 51 new apps that contained the "porn clicker" component, which it first discovered in April in a fake app mimicking a video app called Dubsmash.

    Over the last three months, some 60 fake apps have been downloaded 210,000 times, showing how common it is for users to stumble across and download them.

    "Following ESET's notification, Google has pulled the malware from the Play Store and also reports some of them as potentially harmful applications using its built-in security service," wrote Lukas Stefanko, an Eset malware researcher.

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