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Over 9 Million Android devices are infected by Huawei AppGallery Trojan: Report

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A report coming from Doctor Web malware analysts reveals that there are over 9 million Android devices that have been infected by severe trojan coming from Huawei AppGallery that have installed games infected by this dangerous virus.

According to the report, Android.Cynos.7.origin is the name of the trojan that has been built into the apps and brought into consumer devices via Huawei AppGallery. The data reveals that around 9,300,000 Android device owners have already installed the apps and have been operating them for a long time.

What is this Trojan?

The Android.Cynos.7.origintrojen is one of the modifications of the Cynos program module. This module can be integrated into Android apps to monetize them. This platform has been known since at least 2014.

Some of its versions have quite aggressive functionality, such as sending premium SMS, intercepting incoming SMS, download and launching extra modules, and downloading and installing other apps. The main functionality of the version discovered by our malware analysts is collecting the information about users and their devices and displaying ads.

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Which apps are infected?

There are around 190 games on Huawei AppGallery that have a built-in trojan in several categories including:

  1. Simulators
  2. Platforms
  3. Arcades
  4. Strategies
  5. Shooters and others

There are a total of over 9.0 million users have downloaded these games in a combined count. Some of these games target Russian users, while some others target Chinese or international audiences.

These Games are:

  1. The team must kill the warhead (translated from Russian)
  2. Cat game room
  3. Drive school simulator
  4. Hurry up and hide (translated from Chinese

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What are these apps stealing?

Apps with this trojan ask users to provide certain permission such as to retrieve phone call details. Once granted, the permission helps the trojan to collect and send the user’s data to a remote service including the following:

  • User mobile phone number
  • Device location based on GPS coordinates or the mobile network and Wi-Fi access point data (when the application has permission to access the location)
  • Various mobile network parameters, such as the network code and mobile country code; also, GSM cell ID and international GSM location area code (when the application has permission to access the location)
  • Various technical specs of the device
  • Various parameters from the trojanized app’s metadata

How?

The number leak may not be a big deal for anyone but it can really harm users’ interest, especially when your phone is operated by a child, who is the main target of this trojan. The corresponding apps are designed only for children’s purposes.

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What’s next?

Doctor Web has notified Huawei regarding these discoveries and by the publication of this report, the Chinese tech maker has removed all of the infected apps from AppGallery. So, if you have these apps, we recommend you remove them.

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Canada to ban Huawei from 5G: Report

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Huawei has been under a lot of difficulties for the last three years due to U.S. sanctions, which have led to bans on its network equipment in different markets. However, despite various processes, Canada has now also shown its direction on this matter to ban Huawei from 5G development in the country.

According to the report coming from Reuters, Canada is planning to ban Huawei from its 5G network gear installation program citing national security risks without showing any of them.

The country is following the path of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group including five countries including the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

“We intend to exclude Huawei and ZTE from our 5G networks,” Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told reporters in Ottawa. “Providers who already have this equipment installed will be required to cease its use and remove it under the plans we’re announcing today.”

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Aside from this, the Canadian government has also laid down a deadline for carriers and network companies to remove their network 5G equipment by the year 2024. On the other hand, companies that use 4G equipment from Huawei will be required to remove the gear until 2027.

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Past:

In 2018, Canada announce to review of the ongoing Huawei matter to adapt its network gear. Last, in 2018, Huawei’s Chief Financial Official is detailed Vancouver Airport.

Huawei’s stand:

regarding this matter, Alykhan Velshi, Vice President of corporate affairs for Huawei in Canada said with Canadian Broadcasting Corp that the company is still waiting to hear what sort of national security threats they think Huawei poses.

Adding to this, Velshi said, Huawei is completely operational in Canada and there are over 1500 employees in the country, most of them conduct research and development. Other than these, Huaewi continues to sell new products in the market.

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Throughout the entire discussion, Huawei has been targeted by the different governments over political means but no one has not shown any sort of evidence against the Chinese tech firm.

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Huawei registers ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark

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On May 18, 2022, Huawei registered the ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark in China. This trademark application has document version 47543398 and the trademark has not been published yet. According to the information, Trademark Office held that the goods designated for use by the opposed trademark were Class 1 “silicones”.

The ‘Huawei Soil’ trademark class belongs to the same category as “unprocessed plastics; plasticizers” that were approved for use in trademarks such as “Huawei Zhixuan” cited earlier by the opponent. or similar goods.

In further terms, the opposed trademark completely contains the distinctive identification part of the trademark cited by the opponent, “Huawei”, and does not form a new meaning with an obvious difference. If it is used concurrently, consumers will be misunderstood.

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Huawei AppGallery facing a severe issue: Report

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Huawei AppGallery is a new generation of an app distribution platform for Huawei devices and the Chinese tech maker is working on improving its productivity for smartphone owners. However, recently a severe issue has been reported on Huawei AppGallery that allows downloading paid apps for free of cost.

According to the input coming from 9to5Google, an Android developer has found an issue in Huawei AppGallery that doesn’t have any special protection feature for the paid applications. This could lead to easy exploitation and enables to obtain the download link for premium apps without even paying for them.

In simple words, it could cause a loss to the developer but the report also mentions that this issue has been reported to Huawei. However, there’s no clear guideline or response that has been received on this matter.

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Huawei AppGallery:

Huawei AppGallery is a smart solution that allows developers to create a new user experience for the consumers. The platform is supported by Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Core, which enables various APIs in applications.

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Huawei AppGallery serves under the top three app marketplace globally and brings a whole range of global and local apps including navigation & transport, news, social media, and more.

AppGallery is available in more than 170 countries and regions with over 580 million monthly active users globally. Huawei partnered with 5.4 million developers across the globe, and in 2021 the total app distributions from AppGallery reached 432 billion times.

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