Gooligan worms its way into Android phones, compromises one million Google accounts
If you tend to download apps from places other than the Play Store, your Google account might be compromised. Researchers at the security firm Check Point Software Technologies have uncovered a piece of malware that seeks to root your device in order to gain access to your precious Google account.
But the so-called Gooligan Trojan Horse isn’t after your credit card information or contacts list. Rather, the scheme is an old-fashioned money-making one. Once it has broken into your account, the malware proceeds to download apps from Google Play on your device and give them high marks and positive reviews on your behalf. Additionally, it may install adware on your phone that manifests itself in the form of intrusive pop-ups.