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Virus Profile: Android/FakePlayer.A

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 2/1/2011
Date Added: 2/1/2011
Origin: N/A
Length: N/A
Type: Trojan
Subtype: -
DAT Required: 6245
Removal Instructions


Android/FakePlayer.A is a trojan which sends SMS messages to preset numbers.

Indication of Infection

  • Sends SMS messages to preset numbers.

Methods of Infection

This malware requires that the user intentionally install it upon the device.  As always, users should never install unknown or un-trusted software.  This is especially true for illegal software, such as cracked application -- they are a favorite vector for malware infection.


Virus Characteristics

Android/FakePlayer.A is distributed as an apk file named "RU.apk". It pretends to be a movie player.

Android/FakePlayer.A does not actually play moviesand maintains a small database to trace whether it has sent SMS messages.

If the database exists, Android/FakePlayer.A will not send SMS messages again, otherwise, it will keep trying to send SMS messages.