Riskware:Android/Smsreg.variant!Online

Threat description

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CATEGORYRiskware
TYPERiskware
PLATFORMAndroid

Summary

This detection from the F-Secure Security Cloud indicates the presence of characteristics or behavior that matches a known Riskware program - Riskware:Android/SmsReg.

Riskware:Android/SmsReg is typically marketed as a utility program (for example, it may claim to help maximizes a device’s battery usage). The application will however also silently collect data from the device without the user's knowledge or consent.

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Technical Details

Most variants in the Riskware:Android/SmsReg family are similar to the first variant, SmsReg.A.

SmsReg.A is marketed under the name 'Battery Improve' and claims to help maximizes a device’s battery usage. Unbeknownst to the user however, the application also collects the following information:

  • API key
  • Application ID
  • Carrier
  • Device manufacturer
  • Device model
  • GPS location
  • International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number
  • Network operator
  • Package name
  • SDK version
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