After the news of Linux devices getting hit by, Dirty COW vulnerability got out, there wasn’t much time passed when today we got again some reports about a new malware family named as “Gooligan” by Check Point Software Technologies who originally got track of this malware family. By now the virus has affected 1 million of Android devices and the number is keeping on increasing since it was found out.
The malware comes inherited in applications downloaded from Third party App Markets and according to the report around 86 applications are in the list of being “injected” with the malware to affect the end user. The application works by rooting your device once it gets installed in your Android device, then it gets access to your device to perform all the malicious works it seems to do. Basically the malware installs malicious software in the device that first hand steals access tokens to the user’s Gmail account then head to Play Store to download random applications through the market. It also steals details from all of the Google apps including Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive and G Suite.
The malware is said to affect devices with version 4 devices that comprise of Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat and even version 5 (Lollipop). There’s no news of this malware affecting version 6 (Marshmallow) and version 7(Nougat) devices by now.
The virus affects around 13,000 devices every day and the number is increasing. To remain unaffected of this virus a bit, try not to install third party app markets in your device, also uncheck the “Allow Unknown Source Installation” box so as to be on the safer side.