Huawei: Trojans in the App Store – 9 million Android phones infected

Over nine million Android phones are said to have been infected with malware via the Huawei AppGallery. Huawei’s app store is thus indirectly responsible for the fact that some sensitive data was stolen. A total of 190 apps were found with a Trojan.

Huawei AppGallery: gateway for malware

What the App Store is at Apple and the Play Store at Google is called AppGallery at Huawei. After Huawei is no longer allowed to rely on the Play Store for Android phones, the AppGallery has recently gained in importance. now are serious defects occurredas security researchers report. According to a study, malware is in circulation via the AppGallery that has infected 9.3 million Android smartphones so far.

The trojan found with the designation “Android.Cynos.7.origin” is a modification of the well-known Cynos malware. According to security researchers, the Trojan was successful in many mobile games hidden in the Huawei AppGallery.

190 apps (games) have been identified so farwhich either found worldwide distribution or were aimed specifically at Chinese or Russian players. German customers were probably not explicitly attracted. One of the apps alone was installed on over two million cell phones.

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Trojans via AppGallery collect data

Once installed, the apps asked those affected to give permission to make and manage calls. The access was then used to store telephone numbers and other device information such as Geolocation, cellular network parameters and system metadata to collect (source: Dr.Web).

The malware-infected apps have since been released removed from the AppGallery. Users who have installed the apps on their Android mobile phones have to remove them manually to prevent further misuse.