Government allegedly lists 42 Chinese apps as unsafe

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Government allegedly lists 42 Chinese apps as unsafe, Check if your phone has any of them:

Indian Government has picked out Chinese apps and listed them as spyware or malware. Indian intelligence agencies have reportedly listed as many as 42 mobile applications are reportedly sending the user’s data back to servers in China, and have the potential to carry out cyber-attacks against Indians.

 

Under a new advisory, the agencies have reportedly issued a warning to the Indian army and paramilitary against their usage. An India Today report posted the advisory letter in its website and the report reads out as: “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 insinuations on the force and national security.”

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“At Xiaomi, we take security and privacy very seriously. Our worldwide e-commerce platforms and user data for all international users is located on Amazon AWS data centers in California and Singapore. We are currently investigating the advisory and would like to assure Mi Fans that we are fully committed to storing and transferring our users’ data securely at all times,” the company said in a statement.

SHARE it, owned by Lenovo Group Ltd, is the most commonly used file-sharing app and smaller rival Xender, too, isn’t far behind, the data shows. Clean master, owned by China’s Cheetah Mobile, is popular with users who constantly run out of storage space on their phones while Meitu Inc.-owned photo-editing app BeautyPlus competes with Facebook Inc.’s Instagram app.

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True Caller, however, and has responded to the accusation.  “In response to certain reports, we would like to clarify that we are a Sweden based company,” the app developer said. “We are not sure why the app is on this list, but we’re investigating. True caller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default.”

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 Organization (NTRO). Army employees 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.

In 2016 itself, the Centre had issued another advisory which asked people to refrain from using Chinese origin applications as well as smartphones made in the neighboring country. Additionally, a while back, even some internet modems were listed with suspicion of malicious activities of the gadgets.

Here are the apps you need to watch out for:

  1. Weibo,
  2.  WeChat,
  3.  SHARE it,
  4.  True caller,
  5.  UC News,
  6.  UC Browser,
  7.  BeautyPlus,
  8.  News Dog,
  9.  VivaVideo- QU Video Inc.,
  10. Parallel Space,
  11.  APUS Browser,
  12.  Perfect Corp,
  13.  Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab),
  14.  CM Browser,
  15.  Mi Community,
  16.  DU recorder,
  17.  Vault-Hide,
  18. . YouCam Makeup,
  19.  Mi Store,
  20.  Cache Clear DU apps studio,
  21. DU Battery Saver,
  22.  DU Cleaner,
  23.  DU Privacy,
  24.  360 Security,
  25.   DU Browser,
  26.  Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile,
  27.  Baidu Translate,
  28.  Baidu Map,
  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.  We Sync,
  38. QQ Security Centre,
  39.  Selfie City,
  40.  Mail Master,
  41. Mi Video call-Xiaomi,
  42. QQ Launcher

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