Trojan:Android/Plankton

Classification

Malware

Trojan

Android

Plankton, Trojan:Android/Plankton.[variant]

Summary

Trojan:Android/Plankton variants silently forward information about the device to a remote location. In addition, they download an additional file onto the device.

Automatic action

Once the scan is complete, the F-Secure security product will ask if you want to uninstall the file, move it to the quarantine or keep it installed on your device.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

Once installed on a device, Trojan:Android/Plankton will forward the following details (about the Plankton app itself) to a remote server:

  • ApplicationID
  • DeveloperID
  • DeviceID
  • The permissions granted
  • Device status

On receiving this information, the server contacted returns a URL, from which Plankton retrieves a JAR file.

In addition to collecting the details for the Plankton app, the trojan will also collect the following information:

  • International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number
  • Details of the device itself
  • Operating system protocol version
  • UserID

These details are also forwarded to the remote server.

Plankton variants are also able to perform the following actions on the device, among others:

  • Collect the browser history
  • Collect or modify the browser's bookmarks
  • Install a downloaded file