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cbsnews-articleThe following is an excerpt from SHANIKA GUNARATNA | November 30, 2016 | cbsnews.com |

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.

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. In general, Google strongly cautions users to download apps only from the official Google Play store to help reduce the risk of accidentally installing malicious software. Attackers also spread the malware via links sent in text messages to unsuspecting users, Check Point said.

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.

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. In general, Google strongly cautions users to download apps only from the official Google Play store to help reduce the risk of accidentally installing malicious software. Attackers also spread the malware via links sent in text messages to unsuspecting users, Check Point said.

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