Can you imagine someone spying over your phone without you being aware of it? Intelligence bureau has warned the soldiers, to delete the “42 apps” China is spying through!!
Alert all individuals using apps in their Androids phones.
It has been claimed that foreign intelligence agencies, especially from China and Pakistan, were using mobile apps to break into smartphones and steal data.
There is a possibility of these apps transmitting sensitive personal data to the Chinese authorities, which could be a major security disaster, the advisory states.
All personnel have been advised to immediately uninstall the app and format their cellphones. The apps dubbed as Chinese spyware includes the most popular apps such as TrueCaller, Weibo, WeChat, UC News, UC Browser and Baidu Maps.These are the apps which are made in China, and widely used in India, may have intentionally or unintentionally carried malware, which is threatening to compromise India’s national security.
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has asked troops posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the border with China, warning them of a possible cyber-attack through the Chinese popular mobile phone apps and devices.
The Indian security establishment has asked troops to delete a number of mobile applications like WeChat, Truecaller, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News from their smartphones, or reformat their devices altogether, to avoid espionage attempts from across the border.
The advisory comes in the wake of inputs received by the Union Home Ministry from agencies like the R&AW and NTRO.
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.”
The Army Design Bureau had last year red flagged Chinese circuitry in military hardware that could take military networks down. Instructions were sent out last year too advising against the use of Chinese origin smartphones.
IN 2010, the Union Home Ministry had mulled whether Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE could be banned in India. Amongst the many gadgets supplied by these firms, the Home Ministry had flagged modems as being particularly vulnerable.
Both Army and paramilitary forces have been warned that a massive cyber-attack is on the way, and deleting Chinese apps will help to prevent it.
In fact, not only apps, but any form of ‘Chinese links’ found on their phone also needs to be deleted, with immediate effect. Whether such ‘links’ are official or personal, doesn’t matter now. These have to be deleted from all defense personnel’s mobile phones.
Well further confirmation on this is said to be updated.