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The most popular include Five Nights Survival Craft, Mcqueen Car Racing Game, Addon Pixelmon for MCPE, CoolCraft PE, and Exploration Pro WorldCraft. In December, YouTube said that Google was planning to increase the number of staff reviewing videos to more than 10,000.

Google has removed the offending apps from the Google Play Store, but the games have already been downloaded more than 3 million times.

Authorities say that certain gaming apps targeted towards kids might be infected with pornographic malware. "We appreciate Check Point's work to help keep users safe", said the spokesperson.

Although the offending apps managed to infiltrate Google Play, they never entered the company's "Designed for Families" program, which recommends software for children.

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"Due to the pervasive use of mobile apps, AdultSwine and other similar malicious apps are likely to be continually repeated and imitated by hackers", the researchers said in a blog post.

A number of Android apps on Google Play that could have been downloaded by children have been serving up an unwelcome surprise: pornographic ads.

The inappropriate ads being displayed come from two main sources, Check Point said: mainstream ad providers and the malicious code's own ad library (where the porn ads stem from).

Google removed the affected apps from the Google Play app store soon after Check Point reported the issue.

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Some of the apps also display fake notices showing the phone has been infected by a virus and provides a malicious link to a fake virus cleaner.

In late August of past year, Google announced some updates to its Android Wear policy which would affect the requirements for an app to obtain an "Enhanced for Android Wear" badge.

According to Google Play's data, the affected apps have been downloaded between three million and seven million times - a stark warning that, at times, not even Google Play apps can be trusted.

In some cases, the malware would also prompt users to register for premium services - meaning charges would be applied. If the app is also supposed to work as a standalone app, developers will additionally have to upload the Wear APK to the Play Store separately. But some malware authors create fake reviews to make their apps seem legitimate.

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