List of Dangerous Mobile Apps: Check if you got any of these.

What it really is?

“Indian Intelligence Agencies” have reportedly listed as many as “41 Dangerous Mobile Apps”

An India Today report posted the advisory letter in its website about “Dangerous Mobile Apps” and the report reads out as: “As per reliable inputs, several Android/IOS apps developed by Chinese developers or having Chinese links are reportedly either spyware or other malicious ware. Use of these apps by our force personnel can be detrimental to data security having implications on the force and national security.”

“At Xiaomi, we take security and privacy very seriously. Our global e-commerce platforms and user data for all international users are located on Amazon AWS data centers in California and Singapore. We are currently investigating the advisory and would like to assure Mi Fans that we are fully committed to storing and transferring our users’ data securely at all times,” the company said in a statement.


The Home Ministry of India has come up with the advisory with inputs from several intelligence agencies like the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO). Army personnel have been asked to immediately uninstall those mobile apps as well as format their smartphones. It is not the first time that the Indian government has flagged apps under doubts of espionage. In 2016, the center had issued another advisory that asked people to refrain from using “Chinese origin applications” as well as “Chinese Smartphones”. Additionally, a while back, even some internet modems were listed with suspicion of malicious activities of the gadgets.

It is interesting to note that, of the more than 40 apps, most of them mentioned in the list are anti-virus or web browsing apps.  Is it because people need that in their phone and they will use it more?

Here is the list of apps:

  1. Weibo
  2. WeChat
  3. SHAREit
  4. UC News
  5. UC Browser
  6. BeautyPlus
  7. NewsDog
  8. VivaVideo- QU Video Inc
  9. Parallel Space
  10. APUS Browser
  11. Perfect Corp
  12. Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab)
  13. CM Browser
  14. Mi Community
  15. DU recorder
  16. Vault-Hide
  17. YouCam Makeup
  18. Mi Store
  19. CacheClear DU apps studio
  20. DU Battery Saver
  21. DU Cleaner
  22. DU Privacy
  23. 360 Security
  24. DU Browser
  25. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  26. Baidu Translate
  27. Baidu Map
  28. Wonder Camera
  29. ES File Explorer
  30. Photo Wonder
  31. QQ International
  32. QQ Music, QQ Mail, QQ Player, QQ NewsFeed, QQ Security Centre, and QQ Launcher.
  33. WeSync
  34. SelfieCity
  35. Mail Master
  36. Mi Video call-Xiaomi,

Sweden-based Truecaller is also reportedly part of the list. Truecaller 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.”


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