Scary App Found on Samsung Galaxy S4

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That’s a cheesy title isn’t it? As I was reading an email on my Samsung Galaxy S4, it suddenly froze and restarted.

What I usually do when that happens is look for the application that’s responsible for the crash, I checked all the installed apps and surprised to find the Mobile tracker Version 1.0. It seems like a factory default process, While I look at the permissions I was more surprised at what it can do.

I went ahead and took a snapshot to share in this blog.

Isn’t it scary? It has access to all the things which are supposedly private!

I was expecting if it the intention is to track a lost phone then the location should be track but why would it have access to the following:

1. Directly call phone numbers
2. edit, read, receive, and send both email and sms
3. take pictures and videos
4. record audio
5. modify contacts, read call logs, read contacts
6. add or modify calendar events and send emails to guests without host’s knowledge, read calendar events plus confidential information, read your own contact card, share your device’s screen with another device
7. Read Internet history and bookmarks, wrote web bookmarks and history
8. Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage.
9. Disable your screen lock
10. Set an Alarm
11. Add or remove contacts, create accounts and set passwords, find accounts on the device, read Google service configuration, use accounts on the device, view configured accounts
12. And a lot more!!!

That’s totally unacceptable! It appears this thing is violating privacy laws and should be checked by the authorities!

I wanted to know whether it is a legit stock app or it may have been installed by a third party.

Searching through google did not give concrete results, although I found this link about Samsung Drive, a way to track your lost mobile phone a copy of iCloud from Apple. I am still not convince though, I am lazy asking experts on forums if it is legit or not so I am giving you that assignment to yourselves and if you are kind enough, please leave a comment for updates. I will try to do that myself though.

If you are not sure whether it is safe or not I would recommend to turn off or disable it at the moment. Please do it at your own risk though.

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30 Responses to Scary App Found on Samsung Galaxy S4

  1. natalie says:

    Ashley ur so wrong since I posted my concern because a known third party installed this app on my Samsung galaxy s2 he’s been stalking me for years & invading my privacy thanks to this app being wouldn’t let me disable so Samsung confirmed it wasn’t 1 of their factory apps & were just as alarmed as I was when this app came to my attention because its a total breach of privacy and in my situation allowed child predators to prey on myself and my daughters! It didn’t matter if a factory reset got performed because it became like a virus made its way through my Facebook,email address,bank accounts via internet banking etc.

  2. Pedro says:

    Found this app on my Samsung galaxy tab a6 just now and can guarantee it was not thete when i bought it. I had checked the whole list of installed apps when i bought and updated my tab.

  3. 12354 says:

    i think other apps secretly have access to this ap or sometyhing to turn it back on again

  4. Charlotte says:

    My boyfriend just game me this new phone I love it and I came across this app too and it makes me wonder if it is in all phones it if he put it on be fire he gave it to me? Also mine will not let me disable it or uninstall it also makes me wonder. ..

  5. Theresa says:

    So has anyone figured out how it got on our phones, and will my Samsung Note 3 , start crashing if I unintelligible it.

  6. LuAnn Glass says:

    Yes, I found the same app on my phone,GS4. It was off when I found it but somehow turned itself on.
    There’s another app that has the same icon that’s called CSC. I looked it up and it’s got something to do with GPS locations in places like Costa Rica.
    That’s why I freaked out because a “friend” of mine just moved to Costa Rica and would be the type to install something like this. He’s a low life, woman beater.
    But, as far as I can tell by these replies, it’s installed ON the GS4 and needs access to all those personal apps in order to wipe them clean should your phone fall into the wrong hands. It probably turns itself on and off for that same reason.
    I hope so because I will have no problem prosecuting ol boy if I were to ever find out he is behind something like spying on me. He’s got no life and all the time in the world to do it too. Let’s hope for his sake he has nothing to do with the spy business.

  7. Dana says:

    Yeah i just found it on my samsung galaxy as well.I stopped it but I have a feeling its by a third phone had suddenly been running slow even after clearing out the caches,and I also had an incident uyesterday on my Facebook account with someone messaging me posing as a friend,I report red him immediately and I’m unsure as to whether it’s related to this app Iof not but I am for sure glint to check this out further,and also does anyone know Iif it’s right to have two Facebook processes running..

  8. jon says:

    I found this as well. I looked for it after reading about third party spy apps that can be put on your phone by a simple phone call to your device. Sounds very much like one of these apps/ viruses. Look at very scary indeed. This seems like one of these deals to me.

  9. Daniel Roser says:

    I have the same thing. Can’t force stop and can’t uninstall. My phone keeps restarting. Any advice?

  10. Frank Jr Molley says:

    Any updated findings on this application? VICE NEWS interviewed Snowden about surveillance through our mobile devices and things we can do to protect our privacy.

  11. Brian says:

    Mobil tracker any Nearby Devices . You are turn them off and close out to home then go back sometimes instantly and they re back on. I think if any app allows you to turn it off then it should stay off like you wanted instead of operating itself.

  12. ForBruce says:

    who makes mobile tracker 1.0…their web site might have uninstall info….and yes when i disable it automatically restarts

  13. chris says:

    Maybe I’m wrong here but I have a hunch that when Android Device Manager triggers a full wipe, this thing is what does the wiping/cleaning.

  14. natalie says:

    You should be worried Lindsay. This def is a hack and a breach of my privacy and a third party installed this on my device 2 years ago I have gone through absolute hell and a total breach privacy breach I have gone through that many phones it managed to make its way through my facebook and email addresses and now im dealing with identity theft!

  15. natalie says:

    Hi Debbie you are very lucky that it seems that this app allows you to stop because when it was installed onto my device from a third party it would never allow me to press disable or stop and a total invasion of my privacy!

  16. Ashley says:

    Theres nothing wrong with this app. Is automatically put there so if you avtivate find my droid and you need to wipe it if your phone has ended up in the wrong hands, thats it thats all.. it has nothing to do with someone else tracking you, uts not a conspiracy against you, your not being followed, its purely so you can wipe it from a remote location. Deleting or disabling this app will not make your phone untracable.

  17. Lee says:

    I have it too… With all of us having the same app I doubt it was done by a third party. What are the chances all of our third parties used the same tracking device… Also anything downloaded on your phone can be deleted, this app can’t be deleted only disabled.

  18. Lau says:

    Yeah, I found this on my samsung S4 too, that’s why I went here. I’m glad I’m not the only one but I’m still worried. Hopefully it doesn’t facilitate hacker breaching into our phones, I’ve heard such things about other models and I’m sure others have, too.

  19. Lau says:

    Yeah, I found this on my samsung S4 too, that’s why I went here. I’m glad I’m not the only one but I’m still worried.

  20. Debbie says:

    Hi my phone is neither lost or stolen but I found the same app running in which I did not start this app up it seems to just want to run on its own from time to time without my permission..don’t like I have stopped the app & will monitor it to see if it re-starts up again on its own..also don’t like the permissions it has as well

  21. lindsay says:

    yeah except that it starts back up on its own constantly. i also have a feeling it was put on my phone by a third party. I’m kind of freaking out a little bit.

  22. Hind says:

    I wanted to turn it off but the botton is not activated, what shall i do please

  23. Austin says:

    Is mobile tracker a stock app?

  24. Natalie says:

    Caesar this application doesn’t allow you to turn off or click disable or stop running…even after doing a factory reset from my carrier which was Optus, as soon as I logged back into my email address which was thru gmail and my Facebook it made its way back.

  25. Alex says:

    I found out that its connected to my weather app. When I stopped it, my weather cannot update and find my location.

  26. Caesar says:

    Tap Turn Off

  27. Richy says:

    How to uninstall it?

  28. prophet says:

    definitely seems at first glance to be questionable at the least but when pondering over the ability of the utility it’s overzealous permissions I gather are due to the apps wipe function. For in addition to the applications function to locate lost or stolen phones it has additional abilities of deleting the entire phone’s data internal and SD related. So to delete all the txts, contacts, logs, app’s, etc the application requires the permission of access to all the aforementioned areas. Also Seeing as it’s installed on new Samsung phones I wouldn’t get too worried, unless you find it running multiple processes while you’re not activating any such yourself. It should probably have a single background process by default if you’re allowing GPS tracking. Anything else ya might wanna question.

  29. natalie bengtson says:

    I got told by samsung that this app is only to locate a stolen phone or lost phone too but im running with my intitution of a third party it did the exact same thing to me when i went to disable it

  30. Calli says:

    I found this exact app on my phone today. Did we find out if it is installed by another app or would someone have to physically install it?

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