Adware:Android/Maxit.A

Classification

Spyware

Adware

Android

Maxit.A

Summary

Maxit.A gathers information from a device, and stores the details in a location accessible to the application developer.

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Technical Details

Maxit.A is an SMS-based marketing module that provides SMS advertisements and other extra services. An application containing this module will gather the following information from the device it was installed on:

  • International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number
  • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number
  • Phone number
  • Operating system version
  • Operator name
  • Operator code
  • Operator ISO
  • SIM country code
  • SIM operator
  • SIM serial number
  • SDK version
  • SDK number
  • Device release date
  • Device model
  • Device manufacturer
  • Device product
  • Device brand
  • Device language setting

The gathered information is then stored in a location accessible to the application developer, as provided by the advertising service.

Mobile apps, especially those distributed for free, often include behavior or components for displaying third-party advertising content. This is done as an alternative form of revenue for the software developers, who would otherwise have to charge users for the application itself. If a user is unaware of the 'ad-supported' nature of such programs, or objects to the content being shown, they may cause considerable annoyance.

If use of the program outweighs the inconvenience of having ads displayed, you may choose to keep the app installed on your device.

Date Created: 2012-11-26 00:00:00.0

Date Last Modified: 2012-11-26 00:00:00.0