According to the report of Indian Intelligence Bureau agencies, that has listed 42 Chinese apps that could aid a cyber-attack against the nation. To this effect, the Intelligence Bureau has already issued an advisory warning the army and paramilitary against their usage.
The advisory says, “As per reliable inputs, a number of android/IOS apps developed by Chinese developers or having Chinese links are reportedly either spyware or other malicious ware. Use of these apps by our force personnel can be detrimental to data security having implications on the force and national security.” Pakistani agencies have use these apps to steal information available in the smartphone. Hackers are use to hack all detail that has ever been entered or saved in the smartphone, including the mobile payment detail and your present location.
The advisory has listed apps, for both Android and iOS phones, which includes most popular apps such as Truecaller, SHAREit, browser and UC News, UC Browser, messaging and WeChat, Weibo , BeautyPlus , VivaVideo- QU Video Inc , APUS Browser , Perfect Corp , Mi Community ,Vault-Hide , YouCam Makeup , Mi Store , CacheClear DU apps studio , DU Cleaner , DU Privacy , Baidu Translate Virus Cleaner by Hi Security Lab, DU Cleaner, DU Battery Saver, 360 Security, Clean Master, and ES File Explorer among others.The list contains built-in apps such as Mi Community, Mi Store, Mi Video Call, all of which are apps installed by default in Xiaomi phones.
It is interesting that more than 42 apps mentioned in the list are antivirus, web browsing apps and storage cleaning apps. The circular has advised not use this mentioned apps for both official and personal purposes. The ministry has asked mobile users to remove 4 apps like Top Gun (game app), Mpjunkie (music app), Bdjunkie (video app) and Talking Frog (entertainment app)- from their smart phones to prevent cyber fraud.
The Home Ministry has come up with the advisory with inputs from several intelligence agencies like the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO). Army personnel have been asked to immediately uninstall the 42 mobile apps as well as format their smartphones. It is not the first time that the Indian government has flagged Chinese apps under doubts of espionage.