Android users warned of dangerous malware that has infected nine million phones

ANDROID users have been warned about dangerous malware that has infected more than 9 million phones.

The information-stealing malware was detected on 190 apps installed on approximately 9.3 million devices through Huawei’s AppGallery store.

Android users have been warned about dangerous new malware


Android users have been warned about dangerous new malwareCredit: SOPA/LightRocket Image via Gett

The Trojan loaded into these AppGallery applications is called “Android.Cynos.7.origin,” by Bleeping Computer, and was discovered by the researchers of Dr. Web AV.

Dr. Web reportedly informed Huawei, a Chinese technology company, of the threat and sought to remove infected apps from the AppGallery.

Infected apps are dangerous because data-stealing malware is hidden in different apps, all of which work as advertised.

The list of infected apps is too long to share in full, but Bleeping Computer has listed some popular apps like Hurry Up and Hide, Cat Adventures and Drive School Simulator.

A Huawei spokesperson told the outlet that it is aware of the Android threat and is working to remove infected apps.

“AppGallery’s built-in security system quickly identified potential threats in these apps. We’re actively working with affected developers to troubleshoot their apps. .

“Once we can confirm that all apps are clear, they will be re-listed on the AppGallery so consumers can re-download their favorite apps and continue enjoying them. “

A complete list of infected apps can be found here.

If you have installed any software on your phone, users are encouraged to remove them until the situation is resolved.

Some versions of the malware work by requesting permission to access unusual features on the user’s phone.

If granted permission, the app can send premium SMS, intercept incoming messages, download and launch additional modules and even download other apps.

These downloads may result in unexpected charges.

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