Threat description




Trojan:Android/AVPass.C is distributed in the guise of a Clock app; while active however, it steals information from the device and attempts to uninstall or bypass security-related apps installed on the device.


Automatic action

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Technical Details

Trojan:Android/AVPass.C is distributed in an app named 'Clock'. On installation, it creates several app icons in the device's App menu panel. The icons are named "system update", "360Antivirus" and "QQ"; the last two names refer to popular apps, but none of the icons actually lead to a program.

Clicking any of the icons silently starts the trojan in the background, while the newly created app icons are deleted. Meanwhile, the trojan harvests the following details from the device:

  • SMS message and calls log
  • GPS location data
  • Contacts data
  • Stored photos
  • Phone's recording data

In addition, the trojan checks to see if any security/antivirus apps on an internal list are installed on the device. If found, the trojan requests for user root privileges in order to uninstall the security/antivirus app, or bypass it by modifying its database to prevent detection of the app.

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