Indian intelligence agencies allegedly asked the Modi led Indian government to block or issue advisories against the usage of 52 mobile applications that are apparently related to China. These applications might be storing a lot of data from Indian users, and are apparently not safe to use, Hindustan Times newspaper reported quoting senior government officials.
According to a report in India Today, the list comprises of some popular applications namely Zoom and TikTok. The list that was apparently prepared in April also contains some frequently used applications such as UC Browser, Xender, Clean-master and SHAREit. Shopping applications such as Shein and Club Factory and gaming applications such as Clash of the Kings are also present in the list, as per the news site.
52 apps red-flagged by Intel agencies
APUS Browser, Baidu Map, Baidu Translate, 360 Security, BeautyPlus, Bigo Live, Clash of Kings, Clean Master – Cheetah, ClubFactory, CM Browser, CacheClear DU apps studio, DU Battery Saver, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy, Helo, Kwai, LIKE, Mail Master, DU Browser, DU recorder, Mi Community, Mi Store, Mi Video call-Xiaomi, NewsDog, Parallel Space, Perfect Corp, Photo Wonder, QQ Launcher, QQ Mail, ES File Explorer, QQ Music, QQ International, QQ NewsFeed, QQ Player, QQ Security Centre, ROMWE, SelfieCity, SHAREit, SHEIN, TikTok, UC News, Vault-Hide, Vigo Video, UC Browser, Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab), WeChat, Weibo, WeSync, Wonder Camera, VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, Xender and YouCam Makeup.
Earlier, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory on the usage of the video conferencing app, Zoom. It has said that its “not safe” to use this platform. The warning has been issued for Zoom users in India, whose numbers have expanded significantly in the course of recent days.
With the current development over the India China standoff, we might get an official advisory soon on these applications.