Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) suggests 42 Chinese apps are spyware or malware
Inputs from several government agencies like Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) last year suggested that 42 Chinese apps are spyware or malware. These Chinese apps have the potential to lead a cyberattack against the country. On the basis of the findings and research, Indian agencies have issued a warning to the Indian army and paramilitary against the usage of such apps. The list contains big names like TrueCaller and WeChat.
Following are the list of the 42 Chinese Apps considered dangerous by the Indian Government:
Weibo, WeChat, SHAREit, Truecaller, UC News, UC Browser, BeautyPlus, NewsDog, VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, Parallel Space, APUS Browser, Perfect Corp, Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab), CM Browser, Mi Community, DU recorder, Vault-Hide, YouCam Makeup, Mi Store, CacheClear DU apps studio, DU Battery Saver, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy, 360 Security, DU Browser, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Baidu Translate, Baidu Map, Wonder Camera, ES File Explorer, Photo Wonder, QQ International, QQ Music, QQ Mail, QQ Player, QQ NewsFeed, WeSync, QQ Security Centre, SelfieCity, Mail Master, Mi Video call-Xiaomi, and QQ Launcher.
In their defence TrueCaller, Xiaomi and UC Web issued following statements:
Responding to media reports TrueCaller stated “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. Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default.”
Xiaomi said they are already investigating the matter. A company spokesperson said “At Xiaomi, we take security and privacy very seriously. Our global 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.”
UC Web responded to media reports stating, “Recent media reports regarding Indian troops uninstalling multiple apps have left us aggrieved and hurt. At UCWeb we take security and privacy practices very seriously and work hard to comply with local regulations of each region we operate in, including India. We pride ourselves on having a long-term commitment to India and our millions of Indian users. UC Browser and UC News are neither spyware nor malicious ware as alleged in the reports. As a leader in the mobile internet sphere, we work as a gateway to content through the mobile internet through which people access information and opportunities which make a meaningful difference to their lives. We will not do anything to breach the trust of our users.”