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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

Huawei AppGallery Trojan

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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Here are all of the Huawei logo and their stories

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Huawei brand logo

Huawei has been the star performer of China, it’s known as the revolutionize various fields of technology, especially in Telecommunication. Aside from its work in tech, Huawei is also known for its logo, which is known widely among consumers and industry partners.

However, the current logo wasn’t the only logo that Huawei had since the start. According to the information, the Chinese tech company has started its journey in the industry with another logo after the start.

The logo has its own story, so let’s get into it.

The current version of the Huawei brand logo was adopted in 2018, and before that, the logo has been changed two times.

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First:

Huawei was founded in 1987, and the company has been devoted to Chinese countryman enthusiasm. Therefore, the founding members along with Ren want to name the company depending on the devotion to people.

Huawei first logo

Based on this, the first logo was designed and brought forth. The initial design has 15 red lights and it means “Rising sun and the sunrise in the east”. Later, the logo was being compared with the logo of Shell petroleum.

The first logo also has the label “Huawei Technologies”, written in black letters.

Second:

In 2006, the management decided to carry a major change in the logo and changed 15 red lights into 8 plums with round petals, to form the shape of a chrysanthemum, which is a flowering plant native to East Asia.

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In the second version of the logo, the company removed “Technologies” from the brand label and kept only “HUAWEI” to be precise, and adopted a more western look.

The new petal look has its own meaning, according to Huawei, it means we always insist on starting everything from customer needs, insisting on people-oriented, and treating our diversified employees as the core asset of the company.”

Why changed 15 red lights to 8 petals?

Although there are is no official confirmation available on this matter but there are some following roundups available online:

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  1. When Huawei first started its business, it had 15 founding employees. Later, some people left one after another, and in 2006 there were only 8 left, that is, 15 changed to 8.
  2. Huawei is a communications manufacturer and cannot do without a “twisted pair.” The commonly used “twisted pair” has 8 cores, which correspond exactly to 8 petals.
  3. Huawei worked 15 hours a day at the beginning of its business, but it was shortened to 8 hours later, which means 15 changes to 8. (This is obviously a bit of a joke.)
  4. After turning into 8 petals, it is more like Ren Zhengfei’s “Fei”.

Third:

In 2018, Huawei unveiled the third-gen logo, which is simple and plain excluding style from font and gradient from the petals.

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Xiaomi and Huawei invested in a battery supplier company

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According to some Chinese media sources, Xiaomi and Huawei are strategically planning to invest in Weilan, a battery supplier from Weilai, China. This supplier of semi-solid batteries has a project of value at 5 billion yuan and the total investment will account for around 500 million yuan, which is a huge amount.

Back in August, Huawei, Xiaomi, and another Chinese company have signed an agreement to invest in Weilan battery supplier and Xiaomi has now entered the delivery stage.

On January 7, Weilan launched a 150-degree semi-solid battery pack. The information shows that Weilan is focusing on the development and production of hybrid solid-liquid electrolyte lithium-ion batteries and all-solid-state lithium batteries.

Xiaomi and Huawei

It is the only industrialization platform for solid-state battery technology in the Clean Energy Laboratory of the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The company was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Beijing. This facility has 3 production bases in Fangshan, Beijing, Liyang, Jiangsu, and Huzhou, Zhejiang.

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By March 2021, Xiaomi Group announced to build a car and planning to spend around 10 billion USD to enter this business field. This Chinese tech maker has also confirmed that it’ll launch a new car in the first half of 2024, which is not far away but it would be interesting to see what kind of technology it would bring.

On the other hand, Huawei has already helped industry partners in the Auto business to build new cars with its whole car smart solutions and announced that it will not manufacture any car whatsoever.

(via – Sina Finance)

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[Update: Reply] Telegram goes down, followed by glitches

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Telegram Down

Update 1: Reply on Twitter

November 25, 2021: Original Story

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In the past month, big tech maker has been under shortage of power that led them to issues such as downtime for big social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp. Now, there is another platform that has been added to this queue as Telegram goes down.

Today, I’ve faced an issue with my Telegram on PC, and on Mobile as I wasn’t able to send or receive messages for minutes. When I quit the app to resolve, the app has removed all of my login credentials and I had to log back them again.

Telegram Down

Although, the problem has been partially resolved but the glitches are still there because there are random shutdowns and delays in sending messages that keep occurring continuously since the entire scenario happened lately this day.

Currently, Telegram has not issued any statement on this matter but we’ll keep you posted.

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