Malware found in Huawei gaming applications targeting children • The Register
Cyber security researchers at antivirus software company Dr Web have discovered a treasure trove of Android games containing malware on Huawei’s AppGallery.
The Trojan horse, Android.Cynos.7.original, is a variant of Cynos that collects information about the user. To date, it has been installed over 9.3 million times.
Infected apps ask for permission to make and handle phone calls. Once authorized, data collection and information transfer to a remote server begins.
The stolen information included users’ mobile phone numbers, device location, mobile network and Wi-Fi access data, mobile network settings, device technical specifications and settings. application metadata.
The Trojan also infests its ad host application.
Games compromised by unwanted code cover genres such as simulators, platform games, arcades, strategy, and shooters. Many apps were aimed at children – some parents* now have another reason to feel guilty for letting their children play games to silence them as part of loving efforts to demonstrate confidence by enabling independent play.
The apps also targeted a range of nationalities by detecting language and location settings. Russian and Chinese users were the main targets.
Dr Web has listed Indicators of compromise and – of course – also offers anti-virus software for those who have browsed the Hauwei AppGallery.
After being contacted by the researchers, Huawei deleted the 190 apps identified as infected. The register has contacted Huawei for comment and will update this story if we receive a substantial response. ®
* Absolutely no parents involved in the writing or preparation of this story.