As we reported yesterday, everybody’s new favorite malware, Gooligan, has been hard at work, infecting nearly 15,000 devices daily; targeting devices on Android 4 (Jelly Bean, KitKat) and 5 (Lollipop), which amount to nearly 75% of Android devices in consumer’s hands at the moment. It’s installing at least 30,000 fake apps on breached devices, every day, or more than two million apps since the attacks started.
The software company, Check Point, has been doing its best to limit and ultimately cease these attacks, alerting Google immediately after finding the pattern of these attacks.
“We appreciate Check Point’s partnership as we’ve worked together to understand and take action on these issues. As part of our ongoing efforts to protect users from the Ghost Push family of malware, we’ve taken numerous steps to protect our users and improve the security of the Android ecosystem overall,” stated Adrian Ludwig, director of Android security, Google.
If you’re worried about your account, Check Point has a free online tool at gooligan.checkpoint.com that will tell you if your device has been breached. If so, you’ll need to reinstall your operating system, Check Point says.
“This complex process is called flashing, and we recommend powering off your device, and approaching a certified technician or your mobile service provider, to re-flash your device,” said Shaulov.