198 infected applications from the Huawei App Gallery store, installed on 9.3 million devices

Although it happens that infected Android applications go through the automatic filters used by official app stores, such as Huawei App Gallery, they are usually discovered and removed before infecting a large number of devices.

Masking clandestine activities to avoid long-term detection is difficult to do, and sneaking nearly 200 infected apps into the App Gallery is a serious cause for concern and a black ball for Huawei, a company that has long been trying to impose itself. your own alternative to the Google Play Store.

Called Android.Cynos.7.origin, the Cynos family-derived malware is used to collect personal data from victims’ phones. Its role is to bypass Android security mechanisms by uploading data collected to servers controlled by attackers.

But evil it doesn’t stop here, any of the applications listed here being able to aggressively exploit Huawei phone owners by sending SMS messages to surcharge phone numbers. At the same time, the applications are able to intercept the received SMS messages in order to receive instructions from the attackers, followed by to clandestinely download and install other applications on the phone. This way, compromised devices can end up displaying more ads than usual and in places where they shouldn’t appear, such as the lockscreen menu and during calls. Intrusively displayed ads negatively affect the Android user experience and consume significant memory and processor resources.

At the same time, if the user even inadvertently grants the requested permissions, the applications thus infiltrated will continue to transmit any data that can be used, such as device specifications, phone number and the real location of the owner.

Huawei states that the infected applications have already been removed from the App Gallery store.

Source: Go4IT by www.go4it.ro.

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