Indian Government Releases A List Of 42 Apps That Could Leak Your Data To Chinese Hackers

This list contains big names like WeChat and TrueCaller.

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Cyber security has been one of the most worrying fields for a developing country. Considering India’s smartphone boom, it comes increasingly important for citizens to be aware about the apps and their ‘secret’ features.

Indian government has released a list of these 42 apps that store your data on Chinese servers. Since this data is being stored on Chinese servers, it’s extremely likely that they are constantly at the threat of a cyber attack.

The agencies have even advised the Indian armed forces to ensure these apps aren’t used by officers.

The report has been published with inputs from agencies like the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO). The Indian Armed Forces personnel have been asked to uninstall these apps and also to format their phones for additional security measure.

Here is the list of those apps:

1. Weibo,

2. WeChat,

3. SHAREit,

4. Truecaller,

5. UC News,

6. UC Browser,

7. BeautyPlus,

8. NewsDog,

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. CacheClear 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. WeSync,

38. QQ Security Centre,

39. SelfieCity,

40. Mail Master,

41. Mi Video call-Xiaomi,

42. QQ Launcher

As you can see from the list, a few extremely popular apps are a part of this list. Although the list is being taken seriously by the Indian Armed Forces personnel, citizens need to take their privacy seriously as well.

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As a response to this list, True Caller has released a statement that reads:

“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.”

We’ll keep you updated as new developments in this case occur.

H/T – Indiatimes.

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