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Android Malware Has Compromised More Than One Million Google Accounts


Android malware known as Gooligan has compromised and stolen login tokens from over one million Android devices, Check Point researchers announced today.

The malware was first seen in 2014, and initially, it didn't include the ability to steal Google login tokens.

Since it first appeared, the malware has been detected by different security firms under different names such as Ghost Push, MonkeyTest, and Xinyinhe. In Google reports, you'll find it referenced as Ghost Push, but we'll be using the name Gooligan for this article, as this is the name under which Check Point detects this threat.

Gooligan mostly used for adware and pay-per-install schemes

According to the security firm, this malware uses malicious apps hosted third-party app stores to infect users. Once Gooligan has a foothold on an infected device, it contacts an online command and control (C&C) server and downloads a rootkit package that gains boot persistence and also includes four or five Android...(continued)

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