In the middle of last year, Google took steps to protect their search engine users. Besides their wishy-washy AMP initiative, Google has taken steps to remove malicious ads from front page results. Though that may be accomplished already with popular searches (e.g. Coca-Cola), it wasn’t uncommon for more esoteric searches to bring sketchy results. Most people don’t realize when malware infects their devices, so Google took it upon themselves (tragically lately so) to do something about it. Starting on January 10th, these changes will come into effect.
In what has been a banner year for malvertisers, Gooligan is the latest exploit kit making news. The attacks are able to gain access to users’ Google accounts on Jellybean, KitKat, and Lollipop devices, which accounts for over a billion of the phones in use today.