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1 million Android phones infected by ‘Gooligan’ virus; check yours

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An alarming Android malware called “Gooligan” has been infected in almost 1.3 million smartphones and counting.This attack has compromised more than a million phones in the last few months, and as many as 13,000 new infections are occurring each day. The Gooligan malware is just the latest attempt to make a buck off the trusting nature of smartphone users.

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A Gooligan infection starts with downloading an infected app from a third-party app store.The virus “steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from Google Play, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Drive, and more,” and it is a serious issue.

The malware is said to affect those devices with version 4 Android OS such as Ice Cream, Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, and even Lollipop.

The rate at which Gooligan is spreading is extremely high, but Google and Check Point are working together to deal with the threat. The company created a website for people to check if their accounts have been compromised by the virus: https://gooligan.checkpoint.com/

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