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9 Million Android Users Infected With Data Stealing Malware

Written by, Andriana Moskovska

Updated November, 7, 2022

Security experts have warned that over 9 million Android users were infected with threatening malware that steals sensitive information. 

A trojan virus called Cynos, an information-stealing malware, now has a modified version, and it has been discovered on more than 190 apps installed on about 9.3 million Android devices. 

This strain of the Cynos virus can easily catch sight of text messaging but also install and download additional dangerous payload. However, the most important thing that this type of malware can do is steal sensitive data like the user’s location and phone number. 

Many of the infected apps were found on Huawei’s AppGallery store, and while this company uses its own operating system now, for many years, their apps were Android-based. 

Dr Web, an antivirus provider, noticed the new trojan and found that their modification is known as ‘Android.Cynos.7.origin’. Even though the list of apps is long, here are some important apps that are worth mentioning:

  • Hurry up and hide – – 2,000,000 installs
  • Cat adventures – 427,000 installs
  • Drive school simulator – 142,000 installs

Huawei was notified by the antivirus provider about this threat and worked together with the company to remove the apps. Additionally, the company stated that once they fix this issue, users will be able to download and use the apps. 

To avoid this type of malware it is always a good idea to install an antivirus program like Avast, that is supported on Android devices, giving you top-notch protection.

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