How To Check if Your Android Is Infected With New Google Malware “Gooligan”

If you use an Android smartphone, you may have a new strain of malware that was discovered today by Checkpoint Security. It’s called “Gooligan” and it has infected approximately 1 Million phones, which is a relatively small number compared to some recent exploits like the 500 Million Yahoo accounts that recently breached.

But, Gooligan is significant because it has the ability to root Android devices, and according to Checkpoint, this new malware can steal:

…email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. With this information, attackers can access users’ sensitive data from Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive, and G Suite.

So, if you use any Android smartphone, you can use Checkpoints “Gooligan Checker” to see if your smartphone is infected.


If you are not infected, make sure you don’t accidentally download this malware by downloading your Android apps *only* from Google Play.  Also, avoid phishing attacks by never clicking a link that you sis not request.  The book Digital Habits, contains more tips on how to avoid phishing attacks.

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David W. Schropfer

David W. Schropfer is the CEO of SAFE (Smartphone Authentication For Everyone), a cybersecurity company in New York (  Every day, he and his team of professionals keep the people who use The SAFE Button protected from some of the most common traps, hacks and attacks that target computer systems of all sizes. David is the author of the bestselling cybersecurity book, Digital Habits: 5 Simple Tips to Help Keep You and Your Information Safe Online. His previous books, including The Smartphone Wallet and industry whitepapers, predicted some of the biggest trends in the payments, mobile, and security industries.  Since graduating Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami.