Huawei has its own app store, AppGallery, and it appears to have trojaned it in 190 of its games, suggesting a desire to trick a rather young audience. In total, these games have been downloaded more than 9 million times. To play it, users were forced to give up certain permissions to the app, including access to calling features.
Specifically, Doctor Web has analyzed this Trojan as being capable of recovering users’ personal data, such as network settings or location, and accessing their contacts. Experts immediately alerted Huawei, which took action and deleted the games in question. We know the names of five of them: Команда должна убить боеголовку, Cat game room, Drive school simulator and 快点躲起来. The full list can be found on GitHub.
Even if these applications are no longer downloadable, there is no guarantee that the malware will disappear from infected smartphones.
Not the first time
Already last April, the AppGallery had been hit by a Trojan horse but it also seized the victims’ banking data, which is not the case this time.
Huawei responded to the matter by saying, “The AppGallery’s built-in security system allowed for early detection of potential risk within certain apps. We are working with the affected developers to resolve this issue. As soon as we determine that these apps are completely safe, they will be listed again on the AppGallery so users can download their favorite apps.
Huawei’s priority is and remains the protection of its security network and the privacy of its users’ data. We consider all third-party comments to ensure that we meet our commitments. We will continue to work closely with our partners and use the most advanced and innovative technologies to protect the privacy of our users. »