Virus Profile: Android/Logkare.A

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 8/31/2011
Date Added: 9/1/2011
Origin: N/A
Length: N/A
Type: PUP
Subtype: PDA Device
DAT Required: N/A
Removal Instructions


Android/Logkare.A is spyware that monitors call history, list of installed applications, GPS location and battery level of victim device.

Indication of Infection

  • Monitors call history, list of installed applications, GPS location and battery level of victim device.

Methods of Infection

This PUP requires that the user intentionally install it upon the device. As always, users should never share the device with an unknown/untrusted person. This is legitimate software, but it includes functions to transmit personal information to a third party without the user's knowledge and explicit consent.

Users should protect their device with a PIN or other security lock when not in use, in order to prevent an attacker from installing the PUP.


Virus Characteristics

Android/Logkare.A pretends to be a GPS Control manager. Android/Logkare.A is started up manually by the user from menu icon.

At first run, Android/Logkare.A shows its EULA and asks for user's e-mail address.

Once the user's e-mail address is input, Android/Logkare.A posts device information to the outside website, then it shows GPS location setting screen on device.

Android/Logkare.A starts a service "BackendService" in the background and monitors GPS location and battery level of the device and posts them to the website. It also monitors call history and list of installed applications.

Once the registration is completed, Android/Logkare.A never asks for user's email address. It only shows GPS location screen when it is started up.

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