The Hush Post: A video posted by the Indian Army is doing the rounds on social media, in which an important privacy message is being sent out. The Chinese have started using WhatsApp to hack into systems across India. This caution to the general public comes in the backdrop of a similar message delivered a few months ago, to army officers posted on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The video was also posted and shared by the Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.
सजग रहे,सतर्क रहें,सुरक्षित रहें।#भारतीयसेना सोशल मीडिया उचित एवं नियमबद्ध एकाउंट को प्रोत्साहित करता है। हैकिंग जोरो पर है, उनके लिए जो असावधान हैं। अपने सोशल मीडिया को हमेशा चेक करें। व्यक्तिगत एवं ग्रुप एकाउंट के बारे में सावधान रहें, सुरक्षित रहें। @DefenceMinIndia @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/YQbdVFsmWe
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) March 18, 2018
“The Chinese use all kinds of platforms to penetrate your digital world. WhatsApp groups are a new way of hacking into your system. Chinese numbers starting with +86 barge into your groups and start extracting all the data. If you change your mobile number, inform the group admin; if you change your SIM card, destroy it completely,” says the video, which was put out by the Army’s official twitter handle.
The video also asks users to save all contacts by name and check all WhatsApp groups and cross-check all numbers on a regular basis.
Just last year, the army ordered its men who are posted at the LAC to delete around 40 apps, believed to developed by Chinese firms that can endanger national security. Such apps can fall prey to hacking attempts by Chinese hackers, and in some instance, might even assist in transferring data from your mobile to remote locations in China.
The list of apps released by the government include popular apps like Weibo, WeChat, SHAREit, Truecaller, UC News, UC Browser, BeautyPlus, NewsDog, VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, Parallel Space, APUS Browser, Perfect Corp, Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab), CM Browser, Mi Community, DU recorder, Vault-Hide, YouCam Makeup, Mi Store, CacheClear DU apps studio, DU Battery Saver, DU Cleaner, DU Privacy, 360 Security, DU Browser, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Baidu Translate, Baidu Map, Wonder Camera, ES File Explorer, Photo Wonder, QQ International, QQ Music, QQ Mail, QQ Player, QQ NewsFeed, WeSync, QQ Security Centre, SelfieCity, Mail Master, Mi Video call-Xiaomi, and QQ Launcher.