Anyone running an older version of the Google-Android operating system or untrusted applications without fully knowing where they come from, be warned: Malware is infecting 13,000 Android devices every day, putting at risk the private details of more than 1 million Google accounts here it is: researchers with according to cyber security software company Check Point, which discovered a new piece of malware called “Gooligan” that’s infecting Android phones and stealing there email addresses.
Check Point said that figure is increasing by an additional 13,000 accounts as users continue to download infected applications.Users who download Gooligan-infected apps or click links in phishing messages are being exposed to the malware, which allows attackers to access sensitive information from there phone.
Once attackers hack into the device, they’re buying apps paids on the Google Play store and writie reviews posing as the phone’s owner, Check Point says.Anyone who owns a device running Android 4 and 5 – that includes Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop – is most at risk, according to Check Point.
Check Point has made an online tool to check if your phone is infected with Gooligan. By typing your Google address into the Gooligan Checker, you can find out if you’ve been hacked or not.
Check Point said it believes this is the “largest Google Account breach to date” and said it has alerted Google to the problem. “We’re appreciative of both Check Point’s research and their partnership as we’ve worked together to understand these issues,” Google’s director of Android security Adrian Ludwig told the researchers. “As part of our ongoing efforts to protect users from the Ghost Push family of malware, we’ve taken numerous steps to protect our users and improve the security of the Android ecosystem overall.”
Security issues on Android are aren’t exactly uncommon, since Android runs on third-party devices that are in charge of their own security and can be slow to update.