Google has suffered a massive malware infection affecting over one million Android users across the globe.
Security firm Check Point Technologies revealed in a blog post that the attack, dubbed Gooligan, steals authentication tokens to breach data from Google Play, Photos, Drive, Docs, G Suite, Gmail and more. The infection continues to spread, infecting over 13,000 additional devices daily.
Instead of snatching personal information, attackers opt to install malicious apps from Google Play to generate profits from ad revenue as part of a fraud scheme that purportedly stacks up to $320,000 monthly.
A spokesperson for Google has since said their investigation found no evidence to indicate Gooligan has accessed any sensitive user data. “The motivation… is to promote apps, not steal information.”
Google said it has already removed the malicious apps from the Play store and has also taken necessary measures to curb the spread of the infection.
While this isn’t the first time Google has suffered a malware hit, Gooligan is said to be the biggest Android breach on record.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht