Threat Encyclopedia

ANDROIDOS_SMSREP.A

Publish date: October 08, 2012

ANALYSIS BY

Karl Dominguez


THREAT SUBTYPE:

Spying Tool

PLATFORM:

Android OS

OVERALL RISK RATING:
DAMAGE POTENTIAL:
DISTRIBUTION POTENTIAL:
REPORTED INFECTION:

  • Threat Type:Spyware

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted: No

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW


This application is installed manually by a user into a target device. The application then secretly forwards all its incoming SMS messages to another number. The application has no icon and no Graphical User Interface (GUI).

The user must send a text message containing a password to the affected phone to be able to view the application's settings.

This spyware may be manually installed by a user.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

17,184 bytes

File Type:

DEX

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

09 Mar 2011

Arrival Details

This spyware may be manually installed by a user.

NOTES:
This application is installed manually by a user into a target device. The application then secretly forwards all its incoming SMS messages to another number. The application has no icon and no Graphical User Interface (GUI).

The user must send a text message containing a password to the affected phone to be able to view the application's settings:

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

8.900

TMMS Pattern File:

1.105.00

TMMS Pattern Date:

13 Jun 2011

Step 1

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Step 2

Remove unwanted apps on your Android mobile device

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