The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned that China could be collecting vital information about the Indian security installations through its popular mobile phone apps and devices.
According to reports, the advisory issued by the DIG (Intelligence) has directed the troops posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to either delete a number of mobile applications from their smartphones or reformat the devices altogether to guard against online espionage attempts from across the border.
The IB advisory contains a list of about 42 popular Chinese apps, including WeChat, Truecaller, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News, which pose a grave threat to India’s security.
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.
A list of 42detrimentalns was released which includes the popular apps like Truecaller, Shareit, and WeChat.
All these apps have been banned with immediate effect and all the officers and men have been told to strictly comply with instructions to clean up both their official and personal mobile phones.
According to reliable inputs, a number of Android/IOS apps developed by Chinese firms or having Chinese links are reportedly either spyware or other malicious ware. Use of these apps by our personnel can be detrimental to…national security,
It is the bug that used to decoy the documents on the Indian military movements in the South China Sea, news on the indigenous aircraft carrier in Kochi and China border incidents to spread them on the Indian government-controlled computers and phones.