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Malware detected in hundreds of games from Huawei AppGallery – Computer – News

It is estimated that nearly ten million users have been affected by Huawei AppGallery installed malware. The Chinese manufacturer’s app store contained hundreds of games that installed malware on Android smartphones

Malware detected in a file to analyze Conducted by researchers at Doctor Web. Researchers have discovered that malware is installed via games in the Huawei App Store. The analysis found that at least 9.3 million Android users have downloaded and installed games.

Once installed, the malware requests access to various data from the smartphone and forwards it to a remote server. The data includes phone number, GPS location, network information, and device technical specifications.

It’s the Android.Cynos.7.origin trojan and at least 190 games in the AppGallery contained this malware at the time Doctor Web performed the analysis. It comes in different types of games, from puzzle games to shooting games. Some games specifically target Russian or Chinese users.

Doctor Web notified Huawei of the malware before it was released. The apps have since been removed from AppGallery by Huawei.

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