Gooligan infects Android smartphones: New malware

The Gooligan software attacks Android. One million devices have already been hacked.

Gooligan is a new malware on Android smartphones. This malicious software has already hacked over a million devices. The consequence is that hackers get full access to your mobile phone with the aim of stealing Google account information.

We will advise you how you can protect yourself.

The problem is that the malware hides behind legitimate apps. This is what the security service provider Checkpoint has found out. The contaminated apps were able to be downloaded from the Google Play Store very quickly.  These apps have now been removed by Google, but are still available on the web from third parties. But Gooligan – or so called ‘Gooligan’s Island’  is hiding behind links in phishing messages. Take extra care because this malware is being downloaded onto smartphones faster than you think. Every day, around 13,000 smartphones are contaminated!

Malware Gooligan collects data

Gooligan begins it’s unscrupulous heist as soon as the user has downloaded the infected app and the malware starts collecting data. These apps include Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, and Google Play. Email addresses and passwords are of course the main target here. Android devices with versions 4.0 and 5.0 are affected – about 75 percent of all Android smartphones.

Once the crooks have your data, they sell it in hacker forums to other criminals who use your data for their own purposes. The malicious software itself also abuses the affected smartphone. It downloads other apps and evaluates them – using the stolen account information. 30,000 unwanted apps are installed on a daily basis.

Infected? Gooligan Checker finds out

You can check whether your smartphone or tablet has been affected by the malicious software, with the Gooligan Checker test. Just enter the email address which you have used to log into Google. In seconds, you will be able to see if your email address and therefore your device is infected. If there is excessive battery consumption for no apparent reason could mean you are infected. In addition to spending more energy than normal, Gooligan malware can undermine device performance with many clicks on web advertising.

If this is the case, you have to upload a current firmware. Important: It is not enough to just delete the settings and restore back to default. The phone must be reset completely before the new firmware comes up. And then you have to assign new passwords as soon as possible. This is complex, but there is no other way to do it. And in any case, remember to back up all the important data on your PC. Otherwise you may lose it all.