Nicknamed “Gooligan” , a new malicious software that recently infected more than a million Android devices, is reportedly the largest Google account breach to date. However, strangely enough, the hack attack does not steal personal information from the Google users. Instead, it forces them to download apps that are a part of an advertising fraud scheme that totals up to $320,000 a month.
Hailing from a family of malware called called Ghost Push, Gooligan features a Trojan horse type of attack, in which the malicious software masquerades as accredited apps such as WiFi Enhancer, StopWatch, and Perfect Cleaner. Once installed, these apps install other apps which steal usernames and passwords and post fake reviews and ratings, thereby raising their profile.
These downloads and reviews further push into the hackers’ad fraud scheme, because every click or download means additional bucks for the hackers.
If you are worried that your Google account may be compromised, head to the Check Point website , enter your email address and it will let you know if your account was breached.