Android users listen up! Some of your information might be in the hands of the wrong people. There is a new malware breach that has reached more than 1 Million Google accounts and is infecting 13,000 devices every day.
Gooligan is the name of this dangerous software that roots vulnerable Android devices and will steal email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. Once the malware has your sensitive information it can then access accounts such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive and G Suite. If Gooligan is successful at gaining access it has full control of the device and the ability to send commands to your device remotely. Any devices running an older version of the Android operating system, such as Android 4.x (Jelly Bean, Kit Kat) and 5.x (Lollipop) are the most at risk. The malware attack was uncovered by Check Point Software Technologies and they have published a neat tool to make it easy to find out if your Android device is infected. If after you run a check on your device and you find out that it has been hacked, Google’s director of Android security has recommended you run a clean installation of the operating system on your device. Attempting to install a clean version of your software is called, “Flashing” completing this process is complicated. Google recommends turning off your device and go to a certified technician in your area to help you flash the device.