In response to the advisory, Truecaller has now issued a statement claiming that it’s a Sweden-based company and added that the company wasn’t sure why the app was on the advisory list. “Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default”, the statement read.
The advisory alleges that foreign intelligence agencies from China and Pakistan were using these apps to hack into the smartphones being used by the Indian troops.
Indian Armed Forces Ordered To Uninstall Chinese Apps From Their Phones
According to reports, Indian Armed Forces have been ordered to uninstall 42 Chinese apps (some reports say 40) from their mobile phones, which includes some of the most popular social media messaging and communication apps. An advisory issued by the Home Ministry has reportedly warned all defense personnel of a potential cyber attack from Chinese hackers and the ban comes into effect immediately.
Examples of Chinese Apps Banned
The list of apps that the Indian armed forces have been ordered to uninstall includes:
- UC Browser
- UC News
- Mi Store
- Mi Community
- Mi Video call
- Clean Master, etc.