By Jevan Soyer. If you own a Huawei smartphone you should take note of these applications and delete them immediately as they may be infected with a malware that goes by the name of “Joker”. It is suspected that over 538,000 Huawei smartphone users may be affected by this. The normal expectation is that if you only visited reputable websites and only used the Google Play or Huawei AppGallery, then you should be safe. Unfortunately, you are not as safe as you think since the infected apps were downloaded from the official Huawei AppGallery.
Huawei smartphone clean-up
As of April 13th, 2021, all infected apps were removed. That means no new downloads of the infected apps could take place. If you have the apps already installed on your Huawei smartphone you would have to do a manual clean-up. This entire thing was first discovered by Dr Web Anti-Virus which then reported it to Huawei who took necessary action.
So, what does Joker malware do?
After you download an app from the AppGallery, let’s say a new keyboard, the downloaded app would act as expected, but deep down inside the app would subscribe users to premium services.
Remember, those permissions that we all click yes to when installing an app? Is that what we really want? Since the app already got permission during the installation process, it can now intercept your SMS confirmation codes.
Now, you are none the wiser to the fact that you are a premium user and being billed accordingly, and the malware could do this for up to 5 apps. The list of apps that were party to this, even though short, is diverse. Basically, there is an app for everyone. Most came from a single app developer Shanxi Kuailaipai Network Technology Co, Ltd.
Affected applications on Huawei smartphone
Here is a list highlighted by Dr Web Anti-Virus. Since the names of apps can be changed or modified the package name has also been included. The package name will also allow you to find it and delete it if you already have it downloaded on your Huawei smartphone.
Application name – Super Keyboard, Package name – com.nova.superkeyboard
Application name – Happy Colour, Package name – com.colour.syuhgbvcff
Application name – Fun Color, Package name – com.funcolor.toucheffects
Application name – New 2021 Keyboard, Package name – com.newyear.onekeyboard
Application name – Camera MX – Photo Video Camera, Package name – com.sdkfj.uhbnji.dsfeff
Application name – BeautyPlus Camera, Package name – com.beautyplus.excetwa.camera
Application name – Color RollingIcon, Package name – com.hwcolor.jinbao.rollingicon
Application name – Funney Meme Emoji, Package name – com.meme.rouijhhkl
Application name – Happy Tapping, Package name – com.tap.tap.duedd
Application name – All-in-One Messenger, Package name – com.messenger.sjdoifo
How to protect your investment
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The same way that the average computer knows that antivirus software is essential, smartphone users and not just Huawei smartphone users need to invest in a reliable antivirus for mobile. There are numerous options out there from the same developers that you have trusted over the years to protect your laptop and desktop computer.
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