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Android.Mobinaspy

Android.Mobinaspy

Updated:
November 15, 2011
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
SMS Spy
Version:
1.6.0
Publisher:
mobinauten
Risk Impact:
High
Systems Affected:
Android

Behavior

Android.Mobinaspy is a spyware application for Android devices that can track the device's location.

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

APK: de.mobinauten.smsspy.apk
Version: 1.6.0
Publisher: mobinauten
Name: SMS Spy


Installation
The program must be manually installed.

The application will create an entry with an icon containing the text "SMS SPY" in the Settings > Applications menu.


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

The application also creates a service with the following name:
EmergencyService

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 18, 2011 revision 035
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 16, 2011
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Android package file
The application arrives as the following application package:

APK: de.mobinauten.smsspy.apk
Version: 1.6.0
Publisher: mobinauten
Name: SMS Spy


Installation
The application must be manually installed.

The application will create an entry with an icon containing the text "SMS SPY" in the Settings > Applications menu.


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

The application also creates a service with the following name:
EmergencyService


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

  • Monitor incoming SMS messages.
  • Send SMS messages.
  • Access location information, such as GPS information.
  • Read SMS messages on the device.
  • Create new SMS messages.
  • Check the phone's current state.
  • Read contact data.


System monitoring
The application monitors incoming SMS messages. If it receives a message with the following text, it will send back the device's GPS coordinates and a link to Google Maps:
How are you???


Other information
These SMS messages will be visible to the user, unless the attacker previously created a contact on the device with the following name:
systemnumber

If this contact exists, the SMS messages will be deleted before they are displayed.
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.