‘Gooligans’ Android Malware Infects 1.3 Million-Plus Mobile Devices
The “Gooligan” Trojan horse, which compromises older Android devices and attempts to download other programs for affiliate fees, has given criminal operators access to more than 1 million Google accounts, according to security firm Check Point Software.
A collection of rogue applications has compromised more than a million Android devices, harvesting the security tokens for Google’s services and using those tokens to download additional applications and post reviews on behalf of the users, security firm Check Point Software Technologies stated in research posted on Nov. 30.
The attack, which Check Point dubbed “Gooligan,” targets a some of the most popular versions of the Android operating system, which covers 73 percent of existing devices – those running Android versions 4.1 through 4.4 and 5.0, which are also known as Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop, according to the Android Developers site.
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