Half a billion Android users downloaded malware from Play Store

Half a billion Android users downloaded malware from Play Store

The Tumblr app vanished suddenly from the Apple App Store several days ago and it has now been confirmed that the spread of child pornography on the blogging platform was at fault.

The Tumblr app has been removed from the iOS App Store, with the company confirming that it is working on resolving an issue with it.

Users who downloaded the apps from Google's store thought they were getting a simple driving game when in reality they received apps that were filled with bugs and crashed every time they were opened. These apps were all masquerading as various Car Simulator games, taking advantage of misleading thumbnails and supposed in-game screenshots to entice users to download them.

As 9to5 Mac noted, the issue may have something to do with inappropriate content that violated Apple's guidelines, which has led Apple to pull apps before.

"We're committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse", a company spokesperson told CNET.

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"As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like NCMEC [National Center for Missing and Exploited Children] to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform", the Monday statement reads. In fact, two of those apps were trending on the store, which puts these apps in the focus of more users than other apps. In this case, however, Tumblr's audit revealed a fresh batch of content that has not yet been included in that database and, therefore, got posted on Tumblr.

Gizmodo has reached out to Apple and Tumblr and will update this post if we hear back.

"We're working to resolve an issue with the iOS app and hope to be fully functional again soon".

If you have downloaded any of these apps, you should immediately run an antivirus programme to try to remove it.

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