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NamesDesert Scorpion
TypeReconnaissance, Backdoor, Info stealer, Exfiltration
Description(Lookout) The malicious capabilities observed in the second stage include the following:
• Upload attacker-specified files to C2 servers
• Get list of installed applications
• Get device metadata
• Inspect itself to get a list of launchable activities
• Retrieves PDF, txt, doc, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx files found on external storage
• Send SMS
• Retrieve text messages
• Track device location
• Handle limited attacker commands via out of band text messages
• Record surrounding audio
• Record calls
• Record video
• Retrieve account information such as email addresses
• Retrieve contacts
• Removes copies of itself if any additional APKs are downloaded to external storage.
• Call an attacker-specified number
• Uninstall apps
• Check if a device is rooted
• Hide its icon
• Retrieve list of files on external storage
• If running on a Huawei device it will attempt to add itself to the protected list of apps able to run with the screen off
• Encrypts some exfiltrated data

Last change to this tool card: 18 October 2020

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APT groups

 Desert Falcons[Gaza]2011-Apr 2021X

1 group listed (1 APT, 0 other, 0 unknown)

Thailand Computer Emergency Response Team (ThaiCERT)
Electronic Transactions Development Agency

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