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Google Duo now allows you to call people without the app installed

Google Duo update allows you to call people without the app installed

Google has removed 60 Android games after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google's Play Store.

Google reveals changes to rein in fake news Dubbed "AdultSwine", the malware also would try to trick users to deploy fake security apps and urge users to register for premium services.

"We've removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers' accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them", Google said in an emailed statement.

The video chat mobile app Google Duo can now call to even those of your contacts who don't have the app installed on their devices.

Read the full story at SiliconBeat. Therefore, Play Services is a key core component to Google's premium user experience. Numerous games were aimed at children.

It said games and apps intended for children were a new target for cyber criminals that targeted hospitals, businesses and governments in the past.

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

According to Check Point, Google removed the malicious apps hours after they were notified of the issue. 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. The app also works with Android Wear devices and features Chromecast support.

It might, for example, show an ad claiming "the user is entitled to win an iPhone by simply answering four short questions", Check Point explained.

The affected gaming apps included at least one which may have had up to 5,000,000 downloads - Five Nights Survival Craft - as well as many others which had between 50,000 and 500,000 downloads.

"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.

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