Home ministry of India released a countrywide advisory to all fields of Army and Paramilitary forces to delete specific apps that are created by Chinese companies or the one linking to Chinese servers from their mobile phones.

The list of Apps consist of 42 application, and it includes some of the most famous apps such as TrueCaller, Weibo, WeChat, UC Browser, SHAREit, all officers are strictly advised to delete from their mobile phones immediately personal or official.

It is the first time that a red flag raised against Chinese apps, it was first reported by print and the instructions sent to troops on 24 November.

According to the Advisory report “As per reliable inputs, many 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.”

Top Chinese apps on the List

1. TrueCaller
2. SHAREit
3. CM Browser
4. UC Browser
5. MI Store
6. UC News
7. WeChat
8. Weibo

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And if some of them are already using the app they are asked to delete the app immediately and to format the smartphone.You can find full of list of apps here.

IN 2010, the Union Home Ministry had mulled whether Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE could be forbidden in India. Amongst the many gadgets supplied by these firms, the Home Ministry had flagged modems as being particularly vulnerable, Says Indiatoday.

Last month Mr. Rhee belonged to South Korea’s defense panel told that North Korean hackers stole a large data from South Korea military database, including wartime contingency plans jointly drawn by the United States and South Korea.

Data is a significant concern with growing number of cyber threats and data leaks, there are no reports, yet these apps are stealing data, but the security agencies have taken this step as tightening security measures.

Guru is an Ex-Security Engineer at Comodo Cybersecurity. Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.


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