Wontok Lab Tests Android RiskWare SMSPay Striking APAC

Malware Family: Android.Riskware.SMSPay

Android Riskware SMSPay is mobile malware that mimics a legitimate application and requires an activation fee through SMS messaging. The potentially unwanted application or PUP also has capabilities to launch other pay-per-install applications loaded in the app once it is activated requiring pay-per-install payment transactions.

Wontok Lab Results

We observed that Wontok SafeCentral Mobile Security’s On Access and On Demand engines properly detect and remediate the malware which prevents the unwanted SMS Payments by uninstalling/deleting this malware.

Observations

Android.Riskware.SMSPay often disguises itself as a legitimate app and includes links to several pay-per-install apps the creator of SMSPay will receive payment for each time the mobile user installs one of the apps. Android.Riskware.SMSPay has been around for some time, having been first reported around 2011 and then more recently in July 2014 with Go Launcher. Nuisanceware is not likely to go away as it is prevalent in geo-regions where app stores are not regulated and newer variants have recently emerged in China copying payment and online banking applications.

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With operations in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Wontok brings proven remote access and endpoint security solutions to market. Wontok designed the SafeCentral solutions to be effective against advanced malware threats on the desktop and mobile devices. SafeCentral Security Solutions includes SafeDesktop, Mobile Security, and Security Suite, all of which can be delivered via partner owned platforms or via the Wontok ONE Cloud-based VAS service delivery platform.