"Over a million Google accounts compromised by malware"
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Over a million Google accounts compromised by malware
Over a million Google accounts have been hit with Malware.
The Malware is called Gooligan and it was discovered by security research firm Check Point.
The firm believes that this is the largest known Google account breach.
Not every Android device vulnerable, Gooligan only works on Android 4 or 5.
However according to Google's Android site, approximate 74% of Android devices in the market are running on Android 4 or 5. Gooligan is hidden in certain apps available outside of the Google Play App Store.
Apps like StopWatch, WiFi Enhancer, and Perfect Cleaner are known to be malicious.
A full list is available at Check Point.
Gooligan installs a rootkit, which gives the attacker full control of your Android device.
Attackers use Gooligan to install apps from Google Play and rate those apps highly.
Additionally, the malware installs adware.
This generates over $300,000 per month for the attackers.
The malware is currently spreading at a rate of 13,000 devices per day.
To find out if your account was compromised, check gooligan.checkpoint.com.
Remember if you installed apps from only the Google Playstore or are running Android 6 or higher, you're likely safe.
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