Thought it was all over after India and China agreed to disengage a 73-day military stand-off at Doklam? Well, according to The Print, China might still have a foothold on Indian troops through their smartphones.
Yes, you read it right.
Indian troops positioned on the Chinese troops have been instructed to format their smartphones and uninstall many Chinese apps. Here is all you need to know:
Intelligence agencies believe that these apps are harmful to national security as Chinese hackers might have access to the data.
A notification sent to the troops on November 24 stated that many Android/iOS apps developed by Chinese firms or having any link to China might are either spyware or malware.
Some inbuilt apps on Chinese smartphone brands like Vivo, Xiaomi, Lenovo and Oppo have been banned. These brands have flooded the market with cheap, reliable phones thus attracting many Indian users.
42 apps including Truecaller, WeChat, and apps that used to transfer files like ShareIt have been banned with immediate effect and the personnel have been instructed to format there personal and official phones.
One of the most widely used browsers on Indian smartphones, UC Browser, is also on the list as is owned by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.
Intelligence agencies have not explained how these apps gather information from the smartphones. However, many Android apps work in a manner that gives access to a lot of information from the phones like the location, photos, and contacts, thus compromising on the security at the border.
And nevertheless, Chinese apps have a sketchy history. It was only last month that UC Browser was taken off of Google Play Store for not complying with the policies.
Also in December last year, WiFi and Bluetooth usage was blocked in South Block fearing attacks from Chinese hackers.
In April 2015, a cybersecurity firm from Singapore claimed that they had found a cyber espionage network that was reportedly targeting Indian aerospace, maritime sectors with a bug APT30.
Well, looks like the Doklam standoff might have been disengaged, but Intelligence agencies think China can attack Indians even away from the border.