Watch out, Android users: New malware wants your Google accounts

13,000 Android devices a day are being infected, most of them in Asia

Android users, time to start doubling up on security measures for your Google accounts.

A new malware is now infecting Android smartphones at the rate of 13000 devices a day.

The name is Gooligan

This new malware, called Gooligan, takes over Android devices, rooting them and stealing email addresses as well as authentication tokens.

Whether it's Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive or the G Suite - the malware might take sensitive data from those apps with the help of email addresses and the authentication tokens.

Over 13,000 devices a day are being affected and Gooligan has already rooted over a millon phones. The malware targets devices running on Android 4 (Jelly Bean, KitKat) as well as Android 5 (Lollipop).

Once a phone is compromised, Gooligan then makes money by installing apps from Google Play and rating them on the user's behalf.

Google is working on addressing the problem, including contacting affected users and revoking their tokens.

To know if your account has been compromised, try Check Point's free online tool.

Should your account be affected, then Check Point recommends you re-flash your device. Just a reminder to Android users to be careful about clicking links and try your best to update your phone to the latest version of Android.

[Source: Checkpoint]