Threat Description

Trojan:​Android/Plankton

Details

Aliases: Plankton, Trojan:​Android/Plankton.[variant]
Category: Malware
Type: Trojan
Platform: Android

Summary



Trojan:Android/Plankton variants silently forward information about the device to a remote location. In addition, they download an additional file onto the device.



Removal



F-Secure's Mobile Security product blocks installation of this program with default settings.



Technical Details



Once installed on a device, Trojan:Android/Plankton will forward the following details (about the Plankton app itself) to a remote server:

  • ApplicationID
  • DeveloperID
  • DeviceID
  • The permissions granted
  • Device status

On receiving this information, the server contacted returns a URL, from which Plankton retrieves a JAR file.

In addition to collecting the details for the Plankton app, the trojan will also collect the following information:

  • International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number
  • Details of the device itself
  • Operating system protocol version
  • UserID

These details are also forwarded to the remote server.

Plankton variants are also able to perform the following actions on the device, among others:

  • Collect the browser history
  • Collect or modify the browser's bookmarks
  • Install a downloaded file





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