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The temperature between India and China is running high post the Galwan valley clash. Amidst all the tension, Indian intelligence agencies have compiled a list of Chinese apps that they believe to be a potential threat for security. The list includes some of the most popular apps in India including video-sharing app TikTok, news app UC News, file transfer app Xender, Camera app Youcam, Xiaomi’s Mi store, and many more.

The National Security Council has also backed the claims made by intelligence agencies against the 53 listed apps. The principal government body also felt that these apps could be detrimental to India’s security. Currently, the National Security Council is examining the risks attached to each of these apps.

Here’s the complete list of apps that Indian intelligence agencies have asked the government to block in India:

  1. TikTok
  2. Vault-Hide
  3. Vigo Video
  4. Bigo Live
  5. Weibo
  6. WeChat
  7. SHAREit
  8. UC News
  9. UC Browser
  10. BeautyPlus
  11. Xender
  12. ClubFactory
  13. Helo
  14. LIKE
  15. Kwai
  16. ROMWE
  17. SHEIN
  18. NewsDog
  19. Photo Wonder
  20. APUS Browser
  21. VivaVideo
  22. QU Video Inc
  23. Perfect Corp
  24. CM Browser
  25. Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab)
  26. Mi Community
  27. DU recorder
  28. YouCam Makeup
  29. Mi Store
  30. 360 Security
  31. DU Battery Saver
  32. DU Browser
  33. DU Cleaner
  34. DU Privacy
  35. Clean Master – Cheetah
  36. CacheClear DU apps studio
  37. Baidu Translate
  38. Baidu Map
  39. Wonder Camera
  40. ES File Explorer
  41. QQ International
  42. QQ Launcher
  43. QQ Security Centre
  44. QQ Player
  45. QQ Music
  46. QQ Mail
  47. QQ NewsFeed
  48. WeSync
  49. SelfieCity
  50. Clash of Kings
  51. Mail Master
  52. Mi Video call
  53. Parallel Space

What’s really worrisome is that apps like Mi Store and Mi community come pre-installed on Xiaomi phones which leads India’s smartphone market with approx 30 percent market share. Similarly, UC Browser comes pre-installed on most of the affordable phones across brands which put user data at risk as pointed out by the intelligence agencies.

Likewise, Zoom app, which shot up in popularity during the COVID-19 crisis has been under the radar of security agencies around the world. Germany, Singapore, and Taiwan have already banned their government agencies from using Zoom while the US has asked its Senate member to pick other platforms for video conferencing.

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Chinese hardware and software have been flagged as potential threats by western security agencies from time to time. Various global agencies argue that these Chinese apps could act as trojan interceptors into foreign communication services at times of war and conflict. In this particular case, our national intelligence agencies have raised the same concern.


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