Scary App Found on Samsung Galaxy S4

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.

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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.

9 Responses to Scary App Found on Samsung Galaxy S4

  1. 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?

    • 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

  2. 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.

    • 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 this..so 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

  3. Richy says:

    How to uninstall it?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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