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Android.Cellshark

Android.Cellshark

Updated:
November 16, 2011
Name:
Cellshark Mobile Spy Monitor
Version:
1.98
Publisher:
Centralized Solutions LLC
Risk Impact:
High
Systems Affected:
Android

Behavior

Android.Cellshark is a spyware application for Android devices that periodically gathers information from the device and uploads it to a predetermined location.

Android package file
The application arrives as the following application package:

APK: csllc.CellShark.apk
Version: 1.98
Publisher: Centralized Solutions LLC
Marketplace name: Cellshark Mobile Spy Monitor


Installation
The application must be manually installed.

The application will create an entry with an icon depicting a folder and a cog wheel, in the Settings > Applications > Manage Applications menu.



However, this icon will not appear in the standard Applications menu.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 01, 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version November 15, 2011 revision 019
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 24, 2012 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 16, 2011
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Android package file
The application arrives as the following application package:

APK: csllc.CellShark.apk
Version: 1.98
Publisher: Centralized Solutions LLC
Marketplace name: Cellshark Mobile Spy Monitor


Installation
The application must be manually installed.

The application will create an entry with an icon depicting a folder and a cog wheel, in the Settings > Applications > Manage Applications menu.



However, this icon will not appear in the standard Applications menu.


Permissions
When the application is being installed, it requests permissions to perform the following actions:

  • Check the phone's current state.
  • Read SMS messages on the device.
  • Monitor incoming SMS messages.
  • Read MMS messages on the device.
  • Monitor incoming MMS messages.
  • Open network connections.
  • Access information about networks.
  • Access location information, such as GPS information, Cell-ID, or WiFi.
  • Read contact data.
  • Delete packages.
  • Prevent processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
  • Read or write to the system settings.


System monitoring
The application will then periodically upload the following information to a predetermined website:
  • Phone call records
  • Text messages
  • GPS coordinates
  • Contacts

An attacker can later log into the website and access the gathered information.
You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your device has been affected by this risk.


Install Norton Mobile Security
If you do not already have Norton Mobile Security installed on your device, please download the product from the Android marketplace .

Alternatively, you can navigate to the norton.mobi website from your device and download the product from there by completing the following steps:
  1. Select the 90-Day free download.
  2. Click on the Android icon to begin downloading the product.
  3. Click on Install in order to accept the permissions that are being requested by the program.
  4. Next, click Open and then Agree & Launch.

Note: The first time the product runs, you will be required to enter a code that is displayed on the screen in order to activate the product. Enter the provided code and press Submit .


Run a full system scan
Run a full system scan using Norton Mobile Security to remove this risk from the device. To do this, please perform the following actions:
  1. Navigate to the Anti-Malware tab.
  2. Click Scan Now.


Manual removal
To remove this risk manually, please perform the following actions:
  1. Open the Google Android Menu.
  2. Go to the Settings icon and select Applications.
  3. Next, click Manage.
  4. Select the application and click the Uninstall button.