Indian soldiers asked to delete 42 Chinese 'spy' apps, Truecaller: 'we are from Sweden!'

Indian soldiers asked to delete 42 Chinese 'spy' apps, Truecaller: 'we are from Sweden!'
China's grand plans for world domination apparently go through the Google Play store, as soldiers in the Indian army just got warned by their intelligence bureau to delete no less than 42 apps they deem untrustworthy. These include ultrapopular titles like Truecaller, the famed caller ID app (which is not even Chinese), the UC Browser and UC News, but also Chinese messengers like WeChat or the Weibo app.

The thing is, say intelligence official, you can never be sure what backdoor have the various Chinese military intelligence agencies forced on its fellow tech companies, and soldiers situated at disputed border posts may be particularly at risk, as hacks on a massive scale have happened before there. Those were even asked to avoid using Xiaomi smartphones and laptops, whose value-for-money ratio has made them particularly popular in India, on account of the fact that they might be sending information to Chinese servers, presenting a potential security risk. 

The intelligence services advises not only to delete said apps, but to reset the device altogether to make sure no backend process has remained to eventually spy on the soldiers' phones. Words to the wise, but some of the app developers can't help but wonder why are they on this infamous list, like Truecaller, a Swedish company, which issued the following statement:


source: ZeeNews & NDTV

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17 Comments

1. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

lmao Xiaomi is the leading brand in India what about that?

4. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

iPhone is also made in china.

3. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

True caller has access to your personal info like phone numbers and location and by installing that app you agree to share your information. Given the state of security in most android and iOS devices, its better not to have armed forces deployed near disputed borders use such apps. Doesn't have anything to do with it being Swedish. It still collects your personal data.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well, that's funny since MIUI is able to block apps permission, from years ago even before Google implement it in vanilla android. Even if you agree with all permission when you install app from playstore, MIUI still automatically block some of it, and ask permission if you run that app, and accessing menu that require specific permission (like accessing camera, phonebook, etc). And if you hate MIUI you could flash xiaomi phones with lineageOS I've use MIUI for 1 month (before go back to TW) and I can say this OS is underated

16. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Seems since both chinese phones are infested with communist spyware and american phones are infested with nsa backdoors, the Korean gov is the only one left that is not interested in tracking your every action. I'm so glad I own a Samsung phone.

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