“More than one million Google accounts have been breached by malware that infiltrated older Android devices, cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced Wednesday,” Shanika Gunaratna reports for CBS News.

“The researchers traced the malware back to dozens of what they called ‘legitimate-looking’ apps — with names ‘Wi Fi Enhancer,’ ‘GPS,’ ‘Beautiful Alarm,’ ‘Battery Monitor,’ and even ‘Google’ — on third-party Android app stores,” Gunaratna reports. “Attackers also spread the malware via links sent in text messages to unsuspecting users, Check Point said.”

“This specific malware, nicknamed Gooligan, has been steadily infecting older versions of Android devices since August of this year; Check Point estimates that 13,000 new devices continue to be breached daily,” Gunaratna reports. “Attackers can steal users’ email addresses and authentication tokens in order to dive deeper into their extensive personal data stored across Google: Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, etc., Check Point said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The cost of free.

Anyone who values their security and privacy would be foolish to use any device that fails to sport the Apple logo [that includes, phones, tablets, smartwatches, Wi-Fi routers, etcetera].MacDailyNews, March 22, 2016

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