Have you heard of the new dangerous malware called Gooligan?
It’s been hitting Android smartphone users. Do you know if your Google account has been hit with this?
1.3 million mobiles affected since August
“A new variant of Android malware is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record.” source
Here’s more about it and how to check to see if our Google account is infected with this malware. Be sure to check your email addresses ASAP. You can get this malware if you happen to download any apps that are infected. You can also get infected if you click on links in phishing messages. Eek!
If you prefer to go straight to the online Gooligan checker tool by Check Point, here it is: https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/
Forbes says, “Once Gooligan has control of the phone, the victim’s Google account token is siphoned off to a remote server and could be used to gain access to their Gmail, Docs, Drive, Photos and other data, even where two-factor authentication is turned on.” Scary stuff.
You are most likely OK if you stick to downloading apps from the Google Play store and not 3rd party app stores.
What happens if you find you are infected with this malware?
According to thehackernews.com, “If you found yourself infected, Adrian Ludwig, Google’s director of Android security, has recommended you to run a clean installation of the operating system on your Android device. This process is called ‘Flashing,’ which is quite a complicated process. So, the company recommends you to power off your device and approach a certified technician or your mobile service provider in order to re-flash your device.”
Are you an Android smartphone user?
If so have you checked your Google account? Be sure to do that TODAY!