UPDATE: Huawei contacted Reliable reviews with the following statement:
“AppGallery’s built-in security has quickly identified a potential risk in these applications. We are currently actively working with affected developers to troubleshoot their applications. Once we can confirm that all apps are cleaned up, they will be re-listed in the AppGallery so that consumers can download their favorite apps again and continue using them. Protecting network security and user privacy is Huawei’s top priority. We welcome any oversight and feedback from third parties to ensure that this commitment is met. We will continue to work closely with our partners and at the same time, we will use the most advanced and innovative technologies to protect the privacy of our users. ”
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Huawei’s app store, AppGallery, was flooded with games infected with malware.
Antivirus software manufacturer Doctor Web discovered the existence of a Trojan that exists in approximately 190 Android games offered by AppGallery.
The Trojan itself is a form of Cynos malware known as Android.Cynos.7.origin. As soon as the user has granted the host application permission to access his phone calls, the Trojan starts working, transmitting their information to a remote server.
This information includes mobile phone numbers, device location, network information, device specifications, and more. To top it off, infected apps are flooded with ads.
This information-stealing malware is said to have been downloaded at least 9.3 million times. Many of these games are aimed at children and some are for Chinese and Russian speakers with full localization.
Dr Web reportedly informed Huawei about this malware issue in AppGallery, and the manufacturer has removed the related apps from its store.
Huawei has had huge problems since the previous US administration effectively cut off its access to the Google Play Store. Instead, the company has pushed its pre-existing storefront AppGallery to Petal Search to find apps from other sources.
In this shift from the Google-based mainstream, Huawei has done a great job of securing its app store.
News recently emerged that Huawei is looking to license its enviable smartphone hardware designs to third parties. This will be seen as another means of circumventing these US sanctions, as well as cushioning the huge drop in revenues and market position for the company.