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Android.Meswatcherbox

Android.Meswatcherbox

Updated:
November 16, 2011
Name:
SMS Watcher Lite, SMS Watcher Pro
Version:
1.0
Publisher:
mobtree
Risk Impact:
High
Systems Affected:
Android

Behavior

Android.Meswatcherbox is a spyware application for Android devices that forwards SMS messages without the user knowing.

Android package file
The application arrives as one of the following application packages:

Free version:
APK: com.rjblackbox.swl.apk
Version: 1.0
Publisher: mobtree
Marketplace name: SMS Watcher Lite

Paid version:
APK: com.rjblackbox.swp.apk
Version: 1.0
Publisher: mobtree
Marketplace name: SMS Watcher Pro


Installation
The application must be manually installed.

Once installed, the application will display a icon depicting a red speech bubble and a yellow envelope.



However, the paid version will not display this icon in the main Applications menu, though it will still appear in the Settings > Applications > Manage Applications menu.

An attacker with access to the device must then configure the application to forward text messages to a predetermined phone number.

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 November 15, 2011 revision 019
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 16, 2011
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Android package file
The application arrives as one of the following application packages:

Free version:
APK: com.rjblackbox.swl.apk
Version: 1.0
Publisher: mobtree
Marketplace name: SMS Watcher Lite

Paid version:
APK: com.rjblackbox.swp.apk
Version: 1.0
Publisher: mobtree
Marketplace name: SMS Watcher Pro


Installation
The application must be manually installed.

Once installed, the application will display a icon depicting a red speech bubble and a yellow envelope.



However, the paid version will not display this icon in the main Applications menu, though it will still appear in the Settings > Applications > Manage Applications menu.

An attacker with access to the device must then configure the application to forward text messages to a predetermined phone number.


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

  • Send SMS messages.
  • Monitor incoming SMS messages.
  • Read contact data.
  • Access location information, such as GPS, Cell-ID, or WiFi.


System monitoring
The application then forwards all SMS messages on the device to a predetermined phone number.
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.