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Added to the Dr.Web virus database: 2013-09-19

Virus description added:

A Trojan for Android mobile devices. It is an SMS Trojan that can send short messages to premium numbers. The malicious program can be distributed in the guise of an installer of some application.

Once it is installed and launched, the malware prompts the user to grant it administrative privileges. Then it hides its shortcut that is located on the home screen.

The malicious program gathers the following device-related information and sends it to the command and control server:

  • IMEI
  • Balance (acquired using an USSD request)
  • Country code
  • Phone number
  • Operator code
  • Device model
  • OS version

The malware can execute the following commands:

  • Send an SMS containing a specified text to a specified number
  • Send out SMS messages to contacts from the phone book
  • Load a specified URL in the browser window
  • Display a dialogue window with a specially generated title and text

Curing recommendations


  1. If the mobile device is operating normally, download and install Dr.Web for Android Light. Run a full system scan and follow recommendations to neutralize the detected threats.
  2. If the mobile device has been locked by Android.Locker ransomware (the message on the screen tells you that you have broken some law or demands a set ransom amount; or you will see some other announcement that prevents you from using the handheld normally), do the following:
    • Load your smartphone or tablet in the safe mode (depending on the operating system version and specifications of the particular mobile device involved, this procedure can be performed in various ways; seek clarification from the user guide that was shipped with the device, or contact its manufacturer);
    • Once you have activated safe mode, install the Dr.Web для Android Light onto the infected handheld and run a full scan of the system; follow the steps recommended for neutralizing the threats that have been detected;
    • Switch off your device and turn it on as normal.

Find out more about Dr.Web for Android

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