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How To Keep Gooligan Virus Off Your Android Phone
Posted December 10, 2016
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By Gary Robbins. Updated December 10, 2016 7:52AM

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Cybersecurity experts are warning that a new type of malicious software known as Gooligan has infected more than 1 million Android devices worldwide and is spreading at a rate of 13,000 devices a day. The malware has the ability to affect everything from Gmail and Google Photos, to Google Docs, Drive and related services.

The Union-Tribune discussed the emerging problem with Gary J. Davis, chief consumer security evangelist for Santa Clara-based Intel Security.

U-T: How does the Gooligan software get into Android phones, and what does it do once it is inside?

Davis: We have seen Gooligan being distributed in a couple of ways. First by visiting an infected website. We are using our smartphones increasingly to surf the Web. The bad guys know this and are using your browsing behavior to infect your device. We have also seen it being distributed in third party app stores. Once your phone is infected it basically roots your device after which it can take total control and access anything on your device.

U-T: So far, the Gooligan software has hit Asia hardest. Is this likely to become a major problem in the United States?

Davis: It is very likely that we will see this become an issue in the United States. We often see bad actors hone their malware and distribution methods in emerging markets like Asia before targeting more mature markets. We could also see them modify the way the malware is distributed by doing things such as sending emails with malicious links.

U-T: Is there an easy way for an Android user to determine whether their phone has been infected by Gooligan?

Davis: A couple of vendors have a free tool where you can enter your email to see if it has been impacted. You should also download an anti-virus app for your Android device. It will help protect against malware infections along with other threats to your Android device.

U-T: What should a person do if their phone has been infected?

Davis: The safest thing to do if your smartphone is infected is delete everything on the device and do a factory reset. Before doing this, make sure all your data is backed up. A great bit of advice for everyone is to frequently back-up all your devices. Doing so will help you get a fresh start should something go bad.

© 2017 San Diego Union-Tribune syndicated under contract with NewsEdge/Acquire Media. All rights reserved.

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thenortonsetup:
Posted: 2016-12-15 @ 8:50pm PT
What are the possibilities that malware did not infect backup data. And how secure is it to download free antivirus? I think a paid one is good as it provides backup and security both. Like Norton, McAfee, AVG antivirus. We provide norton support at thenortonsetup.

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