Over 1 million Android phones found to be affected with app-installing malware

Technology - Himanshu Gill - Dec 02,2016

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over 1 million android phones found to be affected with app installing malware

A new malware, popularly termed ‘Googlian’ has been discovered in over a million Android powered devices, according to a report from security firm Check Point.

This malware campaign first emerged in August this year and is currently hitting Android devices at a rough rate of 13,000 per day. The report says that, this malicious software targets Android 4.0 and 5.0 (Jelly Bean, Kit Kat and Marshmallow) devices, which represent almost 75 percent of mobile devices using the Google powered operating system. More than half of the attacks are said to be in Asia, where third party app stores are particularly popular.

Gooligan is the latest variant on a strain of Android malware called ‘Ghost Push’ that has been infecting Android users since 2014.

The firm says they have found a number of fake applications which were infected with the malware and those who’ve downloaded these apps will find their devices are impacted by Gooligan. Check Point’s official website features a full list of all the apps that are infected by this malware. It has also built a site to check if the Google account is breached. If a phone is infected, things get a little more difficult. Check Point recommends getting professional help and to reset all the Google passwords once the device is fixed.

The attacks can steal data from Google Play, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, Google Drive, and more, which is a serious concern. The malware installs certain apps on a user's phone and rates them highly. Its main target is to install adware to generate revenue for those apps, reportedly raking in as much as $320,000 a month.

Check Point has said that it is in constant touch with Google Security Team and they are working to find out the main source of this malware campaign.