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Are You Suffering From Gooligan ?

Do you have an Android phone running Android 4 (KitKat, Jellybean) or 5 (Lollipop) ?

Then you maybe at risk of being hit by being hit by “Gooligan” – Android malware 

“Gooligan” enters devices when Android users download apps from non-Google or Android authorised app stores when we all know they should get apps from the Google Play Store

“Gooligan” had accessed 1.3 million Google accounts since August 2016 and continued to grow at a rate of 13,000 breaches a day, according to the Check Point article.

Check Point has claimed the breach is potentially the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record.

“The malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from Google Play, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Drive, and more,” Check Point wrote in a blog post.

It then forces the Google Account on your device to give fake reviews to apps and notch fake advertisement views.

So how do you know if you have Gooligan ?

Check Point have a tool on their page – Gooligan Checker 

Also look at their article on Gooligan at Check Point which also lists apps that can infect your device and remember if you do have Gooligan it will require a clean install of your Android device

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

2 comments on “Are You Suffering From Gooligan ?

  1. So, go to a site and give them my email address to see if my phone has been infected with malware which steals my email address? This makes me nervous….

  2. Richard Pascoe

    It shouldn’t Brett as there are security sites that have compiled these lists to let you know if you are at risk

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