Chinese hackers spying using WhatsApp — Indian Army
March 19, 2018
The Indian Army has put out a video warning Indians about Chinese hackers extracting personal information using the social media application. Cybersecurity experts say hacking WhatsApp groups is no "rocket science."
The Indian Army has alleged that Chinese hackers were using WhatsApp groups to mine personal data from Indians.
In a video posted on Twitter, the Additional Directorate General of Public Interface (ADGPI), the Indian Army's official handle, warned that WhatsApp was the latest platform being used by Chinese hackers to spy on Indians.
"Chinese numbers starting with +86 (China's country code) barge into your groups and start extracting all the data," the Indian Army said and urged people to regularly "audit" their WhatsApp groups for any unknown numbers.
"Destroy the SIM card if you change your number, and delete your WhatsApp on that number," the army said in the video, which was retweeted by India's Defense Ministry.
The video did not specify whether the hackers are backed by the Chinese state.
Last year, the Indian Army also warned its soldiers stationed along the Chinese border against using a host of applications, including WhatsApp, that were deemed vulnerable to Chinese hackers.