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T1508 Suppress Application Icon

A malicious application could suppress its icon from being displayed to the user in the application launcher to hide the fact that it is installed, and to make it more difficult for the user to uninstall the application. Hiding the application’s icon programmatically does not require any special permissions.

This behavior has been seen in the BankBot/Spy Banker family of malware.123

Item Value
ID T1508
Tactics TA0030
Platforms Android
Version 1.1
Created 11 July 2019
Last Modified 14 November 2019

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
S0440 Agent Smith Agent Smith can hide its icon from the application launcher.11
S0525 Android/AdDisplay.Ashas Android/AdDisplay.Ashas can hide its icon and create a shortcut based on the C2 server response.17
S0655 BusyGasper BusyGasper can hide its icon.20
S0480 Cerberus Cerberus hides its icon from the application drawer after being launched for the first time.12
S0505 Desert Scorpion Desert Scorpion can hide its icon.14
S0550 DoubleAgent DoubleAgent has hidden its app icon.18
S0509 FakeSpy FakeSpy can hide its icon if it detects that it is being run on an emulator.16
S0408 FlexiSpy FlexiSpy is capable of hiding SuperSU’s icon if it is installed and visible.4 FlexiSpy can also hide its own icon to make detection and the uninstallation process more difficult.5
S0423 Ginp Ginp hides its icon after installation.10
S0406 Gustuff Gustuff hides its icon after installation.7
S0485 Mandrake Mandrake can hide its icon on older Android versions.13
S0411 Rotexy Rotexy hides its icon after first launch.6
S0419 SimBad SimBad hides its icon from the application launcher.8
S0558 Tiktok Pro Tiktok Pro can hide its icon after launch.19
S0302 Twitoor Twitoor can hide its presence on the system.15
S0418 ViceLeaker ViceLeaker includes code to hide its icon, but the function does not appear to be called in an analyzed version of the software.9


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