MIL­LIONS OF AN­DROIDS HACKED: HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE AF­FECTED

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GOOGLE 'GOOLIGANS' AND HOW TO SPOT THEM It’s amaz­ing the lengths some peo­ple will go to for an app rat­ing. Ac­cord­ing to a report from se­cu­rity firm Check Point, over a mil­lion Google ac­counts have been hacked by mal­ware dubbed ‘Gooli­gan’, which tar­gets de­vices run­ning Android ver­sions from 4.1 to 5.1. It uses a rootkit in or­der to gain priv­i­leged access to a phone’s OS, and its pri­mary goal seems to have been to al­low the at­tacker to leave bo­gus Play Store app rat­ings and re­views — and get paid while do­ing so. While Android Se­cu­rity and Check Point are work­ing to­gether on the is­sue, you can check if your Android de­vice’s Google ac­count has been breached by visit­ing gooli­gan.check­point.com. You can also help pre­vent in­fec­tion in the first place by avoid­ing any dodgy third-party Android app stores.

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