Security firm Check Point has found that more than a million Android users have been put at risk by malware that allows hackers to root their devices remotely – and the number is rising at a rate of 13,000 each day.
The Gooligan malware has been affecting Google’s Android devices since August, giving hackers the chance to steal authentication tokens allowing access to data from a number of Google apps. Over half the affected devices are in Asia, with the remainder spread across the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Check Point lists a series of measures users can take to counter or rectify this threat, including flashing – clean installation of a device’s Operating System. They also offer an online service which allows users to quickly check whether their device has been compromised.