42 chinese apps

The Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a warning and advising the troops from China’s intention of spying. IB suspected China to collect internal information about the Indian security through its mobile phone apps that are highly popular. The IB advisory contains a list of about 42 Chinese apps, including WeChat, Truecaller, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News, which pose a grave threat to India’s security.

Intelligence Bureau has asked to uninstall the 42 apps from the mobile phones of soldiers posted along the LAC.

Here’s the list of those 42 apps

1. WEIBO

2. WECHAT

3. SHARE IT

4. TRUECALLER

5. UC NEWS

6. UC BROWSER

7. BEAUTI PLUS

8. NEWSDOG

9. VIVA VIDEO

10. PARALLEL SPACE

11. APUS BROWSER

12. PERFECT CORP

13. VIRUS CLEANER

14. CM BROWSER

15.MI COMMUNITY

16.DU RECORDER

17.VAULT HIDE

18. YOUCAM MAKEUP

19. MI STORE

20. CACHE CLEANER

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21. DU BATTERY SAVER

22. DU CLEANER

23. DU PRIVACY

24. 360 SECURITY

25. DU BROWSER

26. CLEAN MASTER

27. BAIDU TRANSLATE

28. BAIDU MASTER

29. WONDER CAMERA

30. ES FILE EXPLORER

31. PHOTO WONDER

32. QQ INTERNATIONAL

33. QQ MUSIC

34. QQ MAIL

35.QQ PLAYER

36. QQ NEWSFEED

37. WESYNC

38. QQ SECURITY CENTRE

39. SELFIE CITY

40. MAIL MASTER

41. MI VIDEO CALL

42. QQ LAUNCHER

According to sources “The personnel are expected to maintain the security of their phones, whether official or personal, as well as computers. Such alerts and advisories, especially about Chinese-origin mobile apps as well as electronic devices, are issued from time to time.”

India is one of the biggest markets for Chinese smartphones with Vivo, Xiaomi, OnePlus & Lenovo dominating the market. Last year, India had displaced the US as the second largest shipment of smartphones crossing 100 million with several being manufactured by Chinese cellphone makers.

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Reacting to IB’s report Truecaller has said that they are Sweden based not Chinese.  “In response to certain reports, we would like to clarify that we are a Sweden-based company. We are not sure why the app is on this list, but we’re investigating. Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default,” the company said in a statement.

[source : Zee News and NDTV]

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