Gooligan is a malware attack that targets Android devices. The attack is affecting 13,000 new users a day and has compromised more than one million google accounts by infecting Android phones through illegitimate third-party apps.
Not all Android devices are affected. Gooligan only affects devices running Android 4 (Jelly Bean, KitKat) and Android 5 (Lollipop). However, according to Google’s Android site, 73-percent of Android devices are running on Android version 4.x or 5.x.
The Gooligan malware attack spreads via apps from third-party app stores and malicious links in phishing attack messages. It downloads a rootkit to steal authentication tokens to breach data from Google Play, Gmail, Photos, Docs, Drive, G Suite and other Google applications. It also installs an app that can steal your account information to post fake ratings and reviews to raise the profile of these apps.
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