SHAREit, a Chinese mobile app, is among the other 42 mobile apps which were recently listed dangerous by the Government of India. India has listed Chinese mobile apps calling them malware or spyware and warned the DefenceForces not to use these apps.
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Indian intelligence agencies are concerned that these apps might carry out a cyber-attack against the country and would harm the national security. Soon after the ban, many companies have responded calling their app safe. It is worth noting that this is not happening for the first time as the government has also issued the advisories in the past few years.
In the wake of this advisory, SHAREit responded saying that, “At SHAREit we strictly adhere to high security standards and respect our users privacy. SHAREit is a user friendly content sharing platform and not a malicious or a spyware application as alleged in the reports. We do not compromise on user’s security and their privacy is of utmost importance to us.”
The company went on to say that they value the sentiments of the huge customer base in India, and is investigating the matter.
The other notable apps which are dubbed as dangerous include WeChat, Truecaller, UC News and UC Browser, reports Financial Express.