Android smartphone users have another malware to worry about, one that can get access to data on their Gmail, Google Photos, etc. Gooligan Malware has affected over 1 million devices and is a serious threat, according to a report by security firm Check Point Research. In a blogpost Check Point, revealed that “the attack campaign, named Gooligan, breached the security of over one million Google accounts,” and that it continues to attack over 13,000 new devices on a daily basis.
According to the security firm, the malware “steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from Google Play, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Drive, and more,” which is a serious flaw. Check Point says it is in touch with Google Security Team and is working with them to find out the source of this malware campaign.
“We’re appreciative of both Check Point’s research and their partnership as we’ve worked together to understand these issues,” said Adrian Ludwig, Google’s director of Android security in the blogpost. “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.”
So what exactly is Gooligan and how serious is the issue?