App Store 'Find and Call' App Identified as Trojan

Posted July 5, 2012 at 5:53pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11559 views

Kaspersky researchers have identified an app called 'Find and Call' as a trojan that uploads your phonebook and spams your contacts.

Yesterday we were contacted by our partner MegaFon, one of the major mobile carriers in Russia. They notified us about a suspicious application, which was found in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. At first glance, this seemed to be an SMS worm spread via sending short messages to all contacts stored in the phone book with the URL to itself.

However, our analysis of the iOS and Android versions of the same application showed that it's not an SMS worm but a Trojan that uploads a user's phonebook to remote server. The 'replication' part is done by the server - SMS spam messages with the URL to the application are being sent from the remote server to all the contacts in the user's address book.


Kaspersky says that this is the first case of malware they've seen in the Apple App Store. They've contacted both Apple and Google on the matter.

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RedRapper - July 6, 2012 at 9:36pm
I wonder what negative impact this will have on other apps that have names to reflect calling capabilities. Hopefully apps like ReadAndCall (which is good) don't receive unwarranted negative reactions. Many developers work hard to produce good Apps and one bad "apple" can ruin countless hours of good work.
Agent CatstiX - July 6, 2012 at 3:37am
Already gone from the App Store.
Timmy O-toole - July 5, 2012 at 10:38pm
only in Russia the Worms eat you.
stupid - July 5, 2012 at 10:22pm
Who wants someones contacts?I just don't understand .. You can have my contacts its pointless .. Try to crack some1's bank account not contacts..its stupid
Jeff - July 5, 2012 at 6:34pm
Get ready for a more enforced app store. If this app went through as easily as it did.
couponcodez - October 27, 2013 at 6:45pm
Kaspersky is working great in removing viruses from app store - Kaspersky internet security coupon
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