By considering the Inputs from the RAW (Research And Analysis Wing) and NTRO (National Technical Research Organisation) Indian Home Ministry issued a nation wide warning for security and high end officials. It warns especially Army and Paramilitary forces to stop using certain Android applications developed by Chinese Companies to avoid a cyber attack over mobile phones. This includes True Caller, Xiaomi products, UC browser and many more. There are 42 applications listed in the advisory. You can see the application list below
The advisory says
“As per reliable inputs, a number of android/IOS apps developed by Chinese developers or having Chinese links are reportedly either spyware or other malicious ware. Use of these apps by our force personnel can be detrimental to data security having implications on the force and national security.”
Here are the applications
Viva Video – Qu Video Inc.
Virus Cleaner – Hi Security Lab
Vault Hide – NQ mobile security
CacheCleaner DU Apps Studio
DU battery Saver
Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
Wonder Camera – Baidu INC.
ES File Explorer
QQ Security Centre
Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
While this news has not been confirmed yet, it is perhaps advisable to avoid using these apps.