Specialists from the security firm Dr Web report the detection of multiple applications infected with malware in AppGallery, the official application store for Huawei devices. The apps are infected with Android.Cynos.7.origin, a variant of the well-known Cynos Trojan, and have been installed more than 9 million times.
It is worth noting that Huawei launched AppGallery after Donald Trump’s administration banned this and other Chinese tech companies in the U.S. from accessing U.S. technology, including the Android operating system. Due to this decision, all Huawei smartphones work with their own operating system and can only access the apps available in their own app store.
According to the experts, when installed, compromised applications require multiple permissions, including the ability to make and manage phone calls. If the user grants these permissions, apps begin collecting system data and sending it to a server controlled by the attackers, including phone number, location details, mobile operator, and other records.
Regarding the compromised apps, the researchers point out that
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