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S0419 SimBad

SimBad was a strain of adware on the Google Play Store, distributed through the RXDroider Software Development Kit. The name “SimBad” was derived from the fact that most of the infected applications were simulator games. The adware was controlled using an instance of the open source framework Parse Server.1

Item Value
ID S0419
Associated Names
Version 1.0
Created 21 November 2019
Last Modified 27 January 2020
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Techniques Used

Domain ID Name Use
mobile T1402 Broadcast Receivers SimBad registers for the BOOT_COMPLETED and USER_PRESENT broadcast intents, which allows the software to perform actions after the device is booted and when the user is using the device, respectively.1
mobile T1475 Deliver Malicious App via Authorized App Store SimBad was distributed via the Google Play Store.1
mobile T1476 Deliver Malicious App via Other Means SimBad can install attacker-specified applications.1
mobile T1472 Generate Fraudulent Advertising Revenue SimBad generates fraudulent advertising revenue by displaying ads in the background and by opening the browser and displaying ads.1
mobile T1444 Masquerade as Legitimate Application SimBad was embedded into legitimate applications.1
mobile T1508 Suppress Application Icon SimBad hides its icon from the application launcher.1


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