Indian intelligence agencies has red-flagged 52 mobile applications linked to China, agency has asked the government to block and advise people to stop using these apps as these apps have security concerns and might end up extracting a large amount of data outside India, a threat to national security.
The list includes popular apps such include video conferencing app Zoom . social media platforms TikTok and Bigo Live, file sharing service Shareit & Xender, UC Browser mobile browser, e-commerce platform Shein, popular game Clash of Kings and apps made and pre-bundled by Xiaomi.
A senior government official said the recommendation of the intelligence agencies had recently been supported by the National Security Council Secretariat, which felt these could be detrimental to India’s security.
“The discussions on the recommendations are continuing,” said an official, explaining that the parameters and the risks attached to each mobile app will have to be examined one by one.
ON THE RADAR OF INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES
TikTok | Vault-Hide | Vigo Video | Bigo Live | Weibo | WeChat | SHAREit | UC News | UC Browser | BeautyPlus | Xender | ClubFactory | Helo | LIKE | Kwai | ROMWE | SHEIN | NewsDog | Photo Wonder | APUS Browser | VivaVideo- QU Video Inc | Perfect Corp | CM Browser | Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab) | Mi Community | DU recorder | YouCam Makeup | Mi Store | 360 Security | DU Battery Saver | DU Browser | DU Cleaner | DU Privacy | Clean Master – Cheetah | CacheClear DU apps studio | Baidu Translate | Baidu Map | Wonder Camera | ES File Explorer | QQ International | QQ Launcher | QQ Security Centre | QQ Player | QQ Music | QQ Mail | QQ NewsFeed | WeSync | SelfieCity | Clash of Kings | Mail Master | Mi Video call-Xiaomi | Parallel Space
The apps mentioned on the list are apparently not safe and have extracted a large amount of data outside India. The same has been confirmed by the people familiar with the matter. As of now, all 52 of these apps are live on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iOS App Store.
In April this year, the home ministry had issued an advisory on use of Zoom on the recommendation of the national cybersecurity agency – Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-in). India restricted use of Zoom within the government, Similarly Taiwan has banned government agencies from using Zoom, while the United States Senate advises members to use other platforms. The company had responded to the home ministry advisory, insisting that it was serious about user security.
As per officials there were inputs that many Android and IOS apps, either developed by Chinese developers or launched by companies with Chinese links, had the potential to be used as spyware or other malicious ware. Similar concerns about backdoors in China-linked hardware or software have been frequently articulated by western security agencies too.
For your safety concern do check your mobile, if you have these applications in your phone to, then for sure you are at risk.