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Trojan:Android/FakeNotify, Trojan:Android/FakeNotify.A, Trojan:Android/FakeNotify.B


Trojan:Android/FakeNotify disguises itself an application providing update notifications; when run however, the app silently sends SMS messages to premium-rate numbers, then redirects the user to an unsolicited website.


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Technical Details

Trojan:Android/FakeNotify is distributed disguised as an application that provides update notifications.

Once installed, it displays a message designed to make the user believe they will be downloading a game application. When the user clicks a button to proceed with the 'download', the malware immediately sends out three sets of SMS messages to the premium-rate numbers located in Russia.

Instead of getting the promised application, users are then directed to a website that offers more applications.


  • Trojan:Android/FakeNotify.A
  • Trojan:Android/FakeNotify.B


Trojan:Android/FakeNotify is discussed in further detail in the following Labs Weblog posts:

This malware is also discussed in: Q4 2011 Mobile Threat Report (PDF).

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