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T1582 SMS Control

Adversaries may delete, alter, or send SMS messages without user authorization. This could be used to hide C2 SMS messages, spread malware, or various external effects.

This can be accomplished by requesting the RECEIVE_SMS or SEND_SMS permissions depending on what the malware is attempting to do. If the app is set as the default SMS handler on the device, the SMS_DELIVER broadcast intent can be registered, which allows the app to write to the SMS content provider. The content provider directly modifies the messaging database on the device, which could allow malicious applications with this ability to insert, modify, or delete arbitrary messages on the device.21

Item Value
ID T1582
Tactics TA0034
Platforms Android
Version 1.1
Created 11 September 2020
Last Modified 20 March 2023

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
S0422 Anubis Anubis can send, receive, and delete SMS messages.4
S0540 Asacub Asacub can send SMS messages from compromised devices.14
S0655 BusyGasper BusyGasper can send an SMS message after the device boots, messages containing logs, messages to adversary-specified numbers with custom content, and can delete all SMS messages on the device.15
S0480 Cerberus Cerberus can send SMS messages from a device.10
S0425 Corona Updates Corona Updates can send SMS messages.28
S0301 Dendroid Dendroid can send and block SMS messages.24
S0505 Desert Scorpion Desert Scorpion can send SMS messages.18
S1054 Drinik Drinik can steal incoming SMS messages and send SMS messages from compromised devices. 20
S0522 Exobot Exobot can forward SMS messages.11
S0509 FakeSpy FakeSpy can send SMS messages.25
S1067 FluBot FluBot can send SMS phishing messages to other contacts on an infected device.1213
S0423 Ginp Ginp can send SMS messages.6
S0551 GoldenEagle GoldenEagle has sent messages to an attacker-controlled number.3
S0536 GPlayed GPlayed can send SMS messages.19
S0485 Mandrake Mandrake can block, forward, hide, and send SMS messages.7
S0539 Red Alert 2.0 Red Alert 2.0 can send SMS messages.16
S0411 Rotexy Rotexy can automatically reply to SMS messages, and optionally delete them.26
S1062 S.O.V.A. S.O.V.A. can send SMS messages.21
S1055 SharkBot SharkBot can hide and send SMS messages. SharkBot can also change which application is the device’s default SMS handler.5
S0549 SilkBean SilkBean can send SMS messages.3
S0328 Stealth Mango Stealth Mango deletes incoming SMS messages from specified numbers, including those that contain particular strings.8
S1069 TangleBot TangleBot can send text messages.9
S0545 TERRACOTTA TERRACOTTA can send SMS messages.27
S0558 Tiktok Pro Tiktok Pro can send SMS messages.22
S0427 TrickMo TrickMo can delete SMS messages.23
S0489 WolfRAT WolfRAT can delete and send SMS messages.17


ID Mitigation Description
M1011 User Guidance Users should be encouraged to be very careful with what applications they grant SMS access to. Further, users should not change their default SMS handler to applications they do not recognize.2


ID Data Source Data Component
DS0042 User Interface System Settings


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