Dendroid (malware)

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Dendroid is malware that affects Android OS and targets the mobile platform.[1]

It was first discovered in early of 2014 by Symantec and appeared in the underground for sale for $300.[2] Certain features were noted as being used in Dendroid, such as the ability to hide from emulators at the time.[3] When first discovered in 2014 it was one of the most sophisticated Android remote administration tools known at that time.[4] It was one of the first Trojan applications to get past Google's Bouncer and caused researchers to warn about it being easier to create Android malware due to it.[5] It also seems to have followed in the footsteps of Zeus and SpyEye by having simple-to-use command and control panels.[6] The code appeared to be leaked somewhere around 2014.[7] It was noted that an apk binder was included in the leak, which provided a simple way to bind Dendroid to legitimate applications.

It is capable of:

  • Deleting call logs
  • Opening web pages
  • Dialing any number
  • Recording calls
  • SMS intercepting
  • Uploading images and video
  • Opening an application
  • Performing denial-of-service attacks
  • Changing the command and control server[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coogan, Peter (5 March 2014). "Android RATs Branch out with Dendroid". Symantec. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ Paganini, Pierluigi (March 7, 2014). "Dendroid – A new Android RAT available on the underground". Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  3. ^ Leder, Felix (May 27, 2014). "Dendroid under the hood – A look inside an Android RAT kit". Blue Coat Labs. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ Zorz, Zeljka (March 7, 2014). "Dendroid spying RAT malware found on Google Play". Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ "New crimeware tool Dendroid makes it easier to create Android malware, researchers warn". PC World. Mar 6, 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Source Code leaks for Android RAT Dendroid". Aug 29, 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  7. ^ Kovacs, Eduard. "Source Code of Android RAT Dendroid Leaked Online". Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  8. ^ Wei, Wang (March 5, 2014). "Symantec discovered Android Malware Toolkit named Dendroid". Retrieved 23 October 2016.