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Why you must uninstall these Chinese apps right away including True Caller, UC Browser

Government alarmed against use of 42 Chinese apps working as spyware, Check out and be digitally secure

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  • The Government Has Named 42 mobile Chinese Apps as “Chinese Spyware”, Including Big Names Like TrueCaller, UC Browser

    The Indian government on recommendation of intelligence agencies has announced a list of mobile apps on both android and iOs which are reported as Chinese spyware. In big war of data, cyber security is a big concern these days. These Chinese apps have the potential to carry out cyber attack against India.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned Indian government that China could be collecting vital information about the Indian security installations through its popular mobile phone apps and devices which are widely used. Cyber breach in security is very common in this digital age we are living.

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Army and defence personnel have been asked to immediately uninstall the 42 mobile apps as well as format their smartphones. This is not the first time that the government has issued warnings against Chinese apps. Some of these Chinese apps are – Weibo, WeChat, ShareIT, True Caller, UC News, UC Browser, Beauty Plus, 360 Security, DU Cleaner, DU Battery Saver, We Sync, QQ Launcher, ES File Explorer, You Cam Makeup, SelfieCity, MI Community, Vault Hide – NQ Mobile Security, Baidu Translate and many more.

TrueCaller mobile app has replied to the issue. It said: “In response to certain reports, we would like to clarify that we are a Sweden based company. We are not sure why the app is on this list, but we’re investigating. Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default.”

There is a huge possibility of these Chinese apps transmitting sensitive personal data of Indian citizens to the Chinese authorities, which could be a major security disaster, the advisory states. Defence personnels are also advised not to use Chinese manufactured phones like Xiomi.

Thus, being aware citizens we must be resilient towards cyber attacks and keep uninstalling such malicious Chinese apps. Your data is your personal information, you must be vigilant towards its theft. Stay aware, Stay alert.

– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

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What’s the True Cost of Cybercrime?

A criminal can use this data to get credit in your name or evade prosecution, or she could sell the information to someone else. Whatever they do with it, your personal information is like catnip for criminals. 

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Who knows how many incidents have gone unnoticed or even unreported. Companies might try to hide the fact that their systems have been breached because admitting this would damage their reputation. Pixabay

 

Do you have an idea what the cost of cybercrime is on an annual basis? Most people would guess millions, or maybe even billions. That would be a rather conservative estimate, though.

Unfortunately, the costs actually reach trillions of pounds globally every year. But that’s just the base financial cost measured in the losses made by companies and individuals. The true cost is hard to calculate.

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Hiding the fact that a breach had occurred could land the company in even more hot water, so businesses are starting to believe that it’s better to own up when something goes wrong in this arena. Pixabay


Who knows how many incidents have gone unnoticed or even unreported. Companies might try to hide the fact that their systems have been breached because admitting this would damage their reputation.

It’s something that some companies can never quite recover from. And while it’s wrong not to admit what happened, we can understand why they’d be reluctant to report the incident. After all, who wants to be held responsible for leaking customers personal data?

That said, most of the larger companies now have breach plans in place. They have procedures that dictate how they react should a breach occur. A standard part of these plans nowadays is to ensure that companies get the PR aspect right.

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The stakes are just as high for people who are victims of this kind of crime in their personal capacity. Identity theft is one of the top-performing cybercrimes, and this is why personal data is such a hot commodity. Pixabay



Thanks to the GDPR, companies can face hefty fines if they are found to have been negligent when it comes to client security. Hiding the fact that a breach had occurred could land the company in even more hot water, so businesses are starting to believe that it’s better to own up when something goes wrong in this arena.

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The stakes are just as high for people who are victims of this kind of crime in their personal capacity. Identity theft is one of the top-performing cybercrimes, and this is why personal data is such a hot commodity.

A criminal can use this data to get credit in your name or evade prosecution, or she could sell the information to someone else. Whatever they do with it, your personal information is like catnip for criminals.