Intel agencies gives warning on use of 52 mobile apps with links to China: Complete list

Concerned that these are unsafe, Indian intelligence agencies have asked the government to stop or advise people to stop using the 52 mobile apps connected to China and end up collecting large amounts of data outside India.

The list of applications sent to the government by the security agency includes the video conferencing app Zoom, the short-video app TikTok, and other utility and content applications such as UC Browser, Xender, ShareIt, and Clean-Master.

A senior government official said the National Security Council Secretariat had recently backed the recommendation of the intelligence agencies, which were considered to be detrimental to India's security.

"Discussions on the recommendations are ongoing," an official said, adding that the parameters and risks associated with each mobile app need to be examined individually.

In April this year, the Home Ministry advised the use of zoom on the recommendation of the National Cyber ​​Security Agency - Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-IN). India is not the first country to restrict the use of zoom in government. Taiwan bans government agencies from using the zoom, the German Foreign Ministry limits zoom used to personal computers but advise United States Senate members to use other platforms. The company responded to the Home Ministry's advice and said it was serious about consumer safety.

Chinese apps list:
  • 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

From time to time there have been calls for action on mobile apps that seem to compromise security. And the most popular video popular video-sharing app, owned and operated by Chinese internet giant Bytans, has issued denials.

Officials said many Android and iOS apps developed by Chinese developers or launched by companies with Chinese links could be used as spyware or other malicious baggage. There have been reports suggesting that security agencies should not use security personnel in view of its detrimental impact on data security.

Such concerns about backdoors in China-linked hardware or software are often voiced by Western security agencies. There is an argument that China could use its access to degrade communication services in case of conflict.
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