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Dangers of downloading apps outside official app stores

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

According to computer researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point, hackers have gained access to over 1.3 million Google accounts through illegitimate phone applications. This means they have access to users emails, photos, documents, etc.

Wednesday morning Google confirmed the nature and extent of the problem. The hackers stole digital "tokens”, granting them access to Google services such as a person's emails and photos. Google states, however, that the hackers have not yet tapped the information and stolen it.

Check Point believes that the hack is part of a criminal enrichment scheme. Android smartphones that are infected begin to install other apps, rating them highly and inflating their reputation in the app store. The malware also installs advertising software onto smartphones that tracks users activity for data-hungry marketers.

Google says they have already removed the apps that have benefitted from the scheme from its official store, and blocked 150,000 versions of similar cyberattacks. According to Check Point researchers, 13,000 devices are infected daily with similar hacks, nicknaming the hacking campaign “Gooligan.”

The safest way to avoid a cybersecurity breach on your smartphone is to only download apps from official repositories such as Google’s Google Play store or Apple’s App Store.

If you are interested in checking whether or not your device has been hacked, you can visit Check Point’s website they’ve set up: Gooligan.CheckPoint.comThe site requires users to enter in their Google email address, gives a response, and offers the company’s ZoneAlarm product.

According to Check Point, here's the list of potentially infected apps:

  1.  Perfect Cleaner
  2. Demo
  3. WiFi Enhancer
  4. Snake
  5. gla.pev.zvh
  6. Html5 Games
  7. Demm
  8. memory booster
  9. StopWatch
  10. Clear
  11. ballSmove_004
  12. Flashlight Free
  13. memory booste
  14. Touch Beauty
  15. Demoad
  16. Small Blue Point
  17. Battery Monitor
  18. UC Mini
  19. Shadow Crush
  20. Sex Photo
  21. tub.ajy.ics
  22. Hip Good
  23. Memory Booster
  24. phone booster
  25. SettingService
  26. Wifi Master
  27. Fruit Slots
  28. System Booster
  29. Dircet Browser
  30. FUNNY DROPS
  31. Puzzle Bubble-Pet Paradise
  32. GPS
  33. Light Browser
  34. Clean Master
  35. YouTube Downloader
  36. KXService
  37. Best Wallpapers
  38. Smart Touch
  39. Light Advanced
  40. SmartFolder
  41. youtubeplayer
  42. Beautiful Alarm
  43. PronClub
  44. Detecting instrument
  45. Calculator
  46. GPS Speed
  47. Fast Cleaner
  48. Blue Point
  49. CakeSweety
  50. Pedometer
  51. Compass Lite
  52. Fingerprint unlock
  53. PornClub
  54. com.browser.provider
  55. Assistive Touch
  56. Sex Cademy
  57. OneKeyLock
  58. Wifi Speed Pro
  59. Minibooster
  60. com.so.itouch
  61. com.fabullacop.loudcallernameringtone
  62. Kiss Browser
  63. Weather
  64. Chrono Marker
  65. Slots Mania
  66. Multifunction Flashlight
  67. So Hot
  68. Google
  69. HotH5Games
  70. Swamm Browser
  71. Billiards
  72. TcashDemo
  73. Sexy hot wallpaper
  74. Wifi Accelerate
  75. Simple Calculator
  76. Daily Racing
  77. Talking Tom 3
  78. com.example.ddeo
  79. Test
  80. Hot Photo
  81. QPlay
  82. Virtual
  83. Music Cloud
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