Riskware:Android/Smssend.variant!Online

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CATEGORYRiskware
TYPERiskware
PLATFORMAndroid

Summary

This detection from the F-Secure Security Cloud identifies Android apps that contain an additional module for sending SMS messages to premium-rate numbers. This behavior can lead to unexpectedly high telephony or data charges, if the user is unaware of the app's capabilities.

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Technical Details

SmsSend variants send SMS messages to premium-rate numbers. The app's SMS-sending behavior may result in unexpectedly high phone charges if the user is unaware of the app's capabilities. This behavior may also be legally questionable, depending on the jurisdiction and whether it is done without the knowledge or authorization of the user.

A specific SmsSend variant may be detected as either riskware or a trojan, depending whether the program performs other malicious actions. For more details of a malicious variant's behavior, see Trojan:Android/SmsSend.

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