The Military had blocked all main social media platforms, besides Twitter
Indian apps like Healofy, Vokal and Pratilipi have been caught within the crossfire
Military males must delete their social media accounts
In a bid to plug all doable data leakages, the Indian military has reportedly requested its personnel to delete 89 mobile-applications starting from social media, ecommerce, utilities, courting apps, information platforms and others. The checklist consists of the 59 Chinese language apps just lately banned over knowledge safety points.
The checklist of apps military personnel have been requested to delete is split into classes like messaging platforms, video internet hosting, content material sharing, internet browsers, video and reside streaming platform, utility apps, gaming platforms, courting apps, well being apps, ecommerce firms, life-style apps and music apps, and running a blog platforms.
89 apps banned by the Indian Military for its troopers & officers. Consists of the beforehand GOI-banned 59 Chinese language apps + Fb, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Reddit, Tinder, PUBG, True Caller and so on. Full checklist: pic.twitter.com/zCpcwOYJVu
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A few of the Indian apps on this checklist embrace vernacular knowledge-sharing platform Vokal, women-focused social networking app Healofy, information aggregator Dailyhunt, instantaneous messaging platform Nimbuzz (acquired by UK-based New Name Telecom), self-publishing platform Pratilipi and vernacular social media platform ShareChat, amongst others. In addition to this, Fb, Instagram and Snapchat have been banned as properly, leaving Twitter out of the loop.
Pratilipi’s cofounder Ranjeet Pratap Singh informed Inc42 that they haven’t but obtained any official data from the military, and since it’s nameless supply primarily based information. He added that the information may very well be a pretend. Due to this fact, he’ll await official affirmation earlier than commenting on the identical. Sources at Popxo additionally confirmed that they haven’t obtained any official data but.
In keeping with an ANI report citing sources, the military has cited threat to nationwide safety and leakage of delicate knowledge as causes behind the ban. An officer, who selected to be nameless, additionally informed the publication that the military personnel must delete their social media accounts, as an alternative of simply deactivating them.
The safety personnel must adhere to the rule by July 15, and any official discovered on these apps can be reported. “The directive has been issued because there has been an exponential increase in the number of military personnel being targeted online by intelligence agencies of Pakistan and China,” an officer informed Occasions of India on situation of anonymity.
Within the gentle of Pegasus Spy ware assault final yr, the military had requested its officers holding essential posts and others who’re weak to hacks and leakage of confidential knowledge to logout from Fb and WhatsApp. In addition to this, the Navy had banned Fb after seven officers, who have been allegedly honey-trapped, have been discovered leaking delicate data to Pakistan’s intelligence businesses on-line.
There have been a number of different situations the place officers have been duped in honey-traps to present out crucial inner data. If studies are to be believed, Pakistani intelligence and different organisations often create pretend accounts on social media and befriend Indian troopers, their members of the family and retired military personnel to know extra in regards to the defence methods and the know-how they depend on.
The Ministry of Dwelling Affairs had reportedly cautioned defence forces saying that Pakistan intelligence company ISI has been planning a entice to get safety drive personnel speaking.