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1.3 Million Google Accounts Hacked

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If you have ever tried to download an app from somewhere other than the Google Play Store on your Android device, you must have come across a screen where you have to give the permission for that app to download. And you’ve probably given that permission too, even after being warned the app is from a malicious website.Well now, hackers have proved, once again, that you should never ever download apps from external sources.

More than 1.3 million Google accounts have been hacked by infecting Android phones through illegitimate apps. This includes emails, photos, documents and more. Check Point, a cybersecurity firm discovered this on Wednesday. Apparently, the hackers have gained access to digital “tokens” which give them access to Google services.There is a way to check if your device has been hacked.

Check Point has set up a website: Gooligan.Checkpoint.com to check whether your device has been hacked or not. Here, you can enter your gmail address and wait for a response.On Tuesday, Google reiterated that users should always download directly from Google Play. And Zuk Avraham, the founder of Zimperium (another cybersecurity firm) said “Not surprisingly, a malware, spread in unofficial markets, can create real damage”.

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