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China reacted to India's decision to ban 59 Chinese mobile applications. The Narendra Modi government banned the apps due to national security considerations. Beijing said that it was 'strongly concerned' over the move. The Jinping administration asked India to 'uphold legal rights of Chinese investors' while also stressing that Chinese businesses are asked to adhere to international law. India banned the apps amid a tense standoff along the Line of Actual Control which had also deteriorated into deadly physical clashes on June 15, 2020.


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The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese-owned apps over cybersecurity concerns, including the likes of TikTok and WeChat. This move could have a major impact on the video-sharing platform owned by Bytedance, as India is one of its biggest markets. The company has denied accusations that it shares user data with the Chinese government. Tensions have been high between Beijing and New Delhi after recent violent clashes along their border in the Himalayas.
 

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BREAKING: TikTok, Helo, UC Browser, ShareIt among 59 Chinese apps banned by Govt.


59 Chinese apps banned in India: We have been witnessing tensions between India and China lately. Now, the government is taking strict actions towards the issue by announcing a ban on 59 apps in India including the popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser and more.
Here's a complete list of the apps that have been banned according to the Government of India:



List of Chinese apps banned in India

1. TikTok
2. Shareit
3. Kwai
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
6. Shein
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
9. Helo
10. Likee
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Browers
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
16. ROMWE
17. Club Factory
18. Newsdog
19. Beutry Plus
20. WeChat
21. UC News
22. QQ Mail
23. Weibo
24. Xender
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live
28. SelfieCity
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
32. WeSync
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
35. Meitu
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. DU Recorder
39. Vault- Hide
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
41. DU Cleaner
42. DU Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends
44. Cam Scanner
45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
46. Wonder Camera
47. Photo Wonder
48. QQ Player
49. We Meet
50. Sweet Selfie
51. Baidu Translate
52. Vmate
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy



A government press release announcing the ban stated: "The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
The press release further said that the Ministry of Information Technology has received "many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps".

"The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues," the press release mentioned.
It further says that the move to ban these Chinese apps move will "safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users". This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, it said.
This does not come as a surprise since we have been seeing a lot of tensions between the two countries. The tensions began to rise after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred at the Galwan border.
As of now, we have reached out to TikTok, ShareIt and a few other brands for a quote on this situation. We will update this article once these companies revert.



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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Ministry of Information Technology (Meity) announced a crucial move of banning 59 Chinese apps in the country stating privacy concerns. These are some alternate apps you can use instead of TikTok and other 58 Chinese apps that have been banned in the country.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2020 8:25:03 am

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Here are alternate apps for 59 Chinese apps banned in India
The Ministry of Information Technology (Meity) announced a crucial move of banning 59 Chinese apps in the country stating privacy concerns. In an official statement, Meity said “upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
TikTok is one of the 59 Chinese apps banned in India. Commenting on the decision to ban TikTok India’s head Nikhil Gandhi said, “The government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications. TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and has not shared any information on our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese Government. Further, if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity. ”
As we reported TikTok has already been removed from both Google Play store and Apple App store. Here are some alternate apps you can use instead of TikTok and other 58 Chinese apps that have been banned in the country.


TikTok, Helo, Big Libe, Vigo Video, Vmate, U Video and Kwai banned in India: Alternate apps

There are several Indian short video platforms available in the country. Some of them are:
*Mitron
*Bolo Indya
*Roposo
*Dubsmash
Notably, Zee5 is also working to launch a short video platform.

Baidu Translate banned in India: Alternate apps
*Google Translate
*Hi Translate


We Meet, We Chat banned in India: Alternate apps
*Facebook
*Instagram
*WhatsApp


Hago Play With New Friends banned in India: Alternate apps
*Houseparty


Shareit, Xender, ES File Explorer banned: Alternate apps
*Files Go
*Send Anywhere
*Google Drive
*Dropbox


Some Indian alternatives are:
*Share All
*Jio Switch
*Smart share

UC Browser, DC Browser, CM Browser, APUS Browser banned: Alternate apps
*Google Chrome
*Mozilla Firefox
*Microsoft Edge
*Opera
*Jio Borwser

Mobile Legends banned in India: Alternate apps
*Fortnite Battle Royale
*Legends of Legends
*PUBG

Baidu map banned: Alternate apps
*Google Maps
*Apple Maps

Shein, Club Factory, ROMW banned in India: Alternative apps
There are several shopping apps available for download. Shein is mainly for women clothing and accessories. Club factory and ROWM are also online shopping platform. Some alternative apps are:
*Myntra
*Flipkart
*Amazon
*LimeRoad


Camscanner banned in India: Alternative apps
*Adobe Scan
*Microsoft Office Lens
*Photo Scan
*TapScanner


YouCam makeup, SelfieCity, Meitu banned in India: Alternative apps
*B612 Beauty & Filter Camera

DU battery saver banned in India: Alternate apps
*Battery Saver & Charge Optimizer


ES File Explorer banned in India: Alternate apps
Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Virus Cleaner banned in India
You don’t require an alternative app for cleaning “virus” from your mobile phone. Uninstall all such apps if you have on your smartphone right away.

Newsdog, UC News, QQ Newsfeed banned in India: Alternate apps
*Google News
*Apple News
*Inshorts
Or all apps by popular media publications.



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Chinese apps banned: A look at the most popular ones, their business and reach in India

Chinese Apps Banned in India: Several of the 59 Chinese apps banned by the government have a wide reach in India. Who owns the most popular ones, who runs their India operations, and what is their reach in the country?

Written by Pranav Mukul , Aashish Aryan | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2020 11:20:25 am


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The logos of Chinese apps from left, clockwise: TikTok, UC Browser and UCNews, ShareIt, Club Factory, Shein and CamScanner.
On Monday, the Centre announced an interim ban on 59 apps with Chinese links, citing “emergent threats” to the country’s sovereignty and national security. These included popular mobile apps such as TikTok, CamScanner and UCBrowser, which together command several hundred million users in the country. Some of the larger ones like TikTok, UCBrowser and ShareIt also have a significant presence in the country in terms of revenue and number of employees on their payrolls.
A look at some of the more widely used apps among the 59 banned:

TikTok & Helo
The two social media apps, which are operated by an entity called Bytedance (India) Technology Pvt Ltd, together command more than 170 million active users across the country. Notably, India is the largest market for TikTok with more than 611 million downloads, representing nearly a third of the video-platform’s base, followed by China (where it operates under a different brand) and the US.

However, India is not among the top revenue-generating geographies for the app. In 2018-19, the first full year of the company’s operations in the country, Bytedance India posted revenues of Rs 43.6 crore, and the company targeted revenues of Rs 100 crore for the following year. In the US, the app has been downloaded 165 million times, with revenues of $86.5 million (over Rs 650 crore) in 2019. China, with nearly 197 million users, contributed $331 million (around Rs 2,500 crore) during the year, according to Sensor Tower.
The company also has administrative presence across eight cities in the country and employs over 1,000 people. Bytedance India, however, is not owned by a Chinese entity. According to corporate structure available on Bytedance’s website, the parent entity — Bytedance Ltd — is registered in the Cayman Islands. This parent company has five subsidiaries, one of which is TikTok Ltd — also registered in Cayman Islands. Under TikTok Ltd, a Singapore-based entity TikTok Pte Ltd is registered, under which entities operating from India and Southeast Asia are registered.

The IT Ministry is specifically expected to seek details from the companies running these apps on data sharing by these companies under a Chinese law, which requires companies of Chinese origin to share data with that country’s intelligence agencies, irrespective of wherever in the world they are operating. Last year, Bytedance had announced an investment of $1 billion in the Indian market over a period of three years.

UC Browser and UCNews
The Alibaba Group platforms are run by an entity called UCWeb Mobile Pvt Ltd, which has more than 130 million active users. UC Browser, in fact, is the second most used mobile Internet browser in the country only behind Google Chrome, with a market share of around 22%, compared with Chrome’s 70%. UCWeb Mobile, which has less than 100 employees in the country, recorded revenues of Rs 226.68 crore from the country in 2018-19, primarily from advertising income, according to filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC). This is part of Alibaba Group’s digital media and entertainment segment, which clocked consolidated revenues of $3.59 billion for the year ended March 31, 2019.
According to filings with the Registrar of Companies, the India entity UCWeb Mobile Pvt Ltd is held 99% by UC Mobile New World, based in British Virgin Islands. However, government data has recorded investment by this entity under FDI inflow from China. The remaining 1% stake in UCWeb Mobile Pvt Ltd is held by an entity UC Mobile International Ltd, registered in the Cayman Islands.

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The full list of 59 Chinese apps banned by the government.

ShareIt
ShareIt is one of the most popular file-sharing tools, with more than 400 million active users in India. The app, which was almost entirely marketed on the basis of word of mouth, has more than 1.8 billion users worldwide. However, the company has not been able to monetise its platform beyond a point, making only Rs 14.73 crore during 2018-19 from its India entity ShareIt Technology India Pvt Ltd. In terms of revenue, the Indian segment contributes 15-20% to the company’s global revenues. The company acquired entertainment platform Fastfilmz in 2018, and appointed its CEO Karam Malhotra as the CEO of ShareIt India. The Indian entity ShareIt Technology India Pvt Ltd is held 99.99% by Hong Kong-based ShareIt HK Technology Ltd.

The online marketplace, which claims to be India’s third-largest e-commerce company, has managed to onboard 30,000 sellers on its platform. The company’s Indian entity GlobeMax Commerce India Pvt Ltd, is 99.99% owned by a Hong Kong-based company Unbeaten Price Ltd. During 2018-19, the GlobeMax Commerce clocked revenues of Rs 172.14 crore. Club Factory has around 90 employees on its rolls.

Shein
Shein is another e-commerce platform focused on fashion and lifestyle products. In India, its operations were being run by XIYIN India Pvt Ltd, based in Gurgaon. The company, which targeted smaller tier-II and tier-III towns in India, has around 50 employees in the country. The company had crossed more than 1 million active users in India but last year partially shut down its operations after the Customs department cracked down on the company over alleged import duty evasion.
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CamScanner
CamScanner, which is the most widely used mobile scanning app in the world, has more than 100 million users in India. The app, which is run by INTSIG Information Co Ltd registered in Shanghai, China, does not have an entity registered in India.
This article first appeared in the print edition on July 1, 2020 under the title ‘The business of Chinese apps’.


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Cyber-security firm, Evina notes that these 25 apps collectively had over 25 lakh downloads.
By Abhik Sengupta | Updated: 1 July 2020 13:37 IST


Google Play Removes 25 Apps Caught Stealing Facebook Credentials From Users: Evina

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Users' Facebook credentials were sent to a remote server

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Most of the malicious apps offered wallpapers, video editing tools
  • Google removed these apps earlier in June
  • It is unclear how the apps avoided Google Play Protect detection

Google is said to have removed 25 apps from its Google Play store that were caught stealing Facebook credentials. According to the French cyber-security firm, Evina, these malicious apps collectively had over 25 lakh downloads. The apps reportedly offered different functionalities, though they used the same method for extracting users' credentials. Some of the apps had been available on the Google Play store for over two years before they were finally removed, the cyber-security firm highlighted.
The findings were published in a blog post by Evina and were first reported by ZDNet. Google removed the apps earlier in June after the cyber-security firm reported its potential threat in May this year. Most of these malicious apps offered new wallpapers, while others provided video editing tools and flashlight tools. Apps such as Super Wallpapers Flashlight and Padenatef had over 5 lakh downloads each on Google Play.

How did the apps steal Facebook credentials?
According to Evina, once the user launched the contentious app on their smartphone, the malicious app detected what app a user recently opened and had in the phone's foreground. "If it is a Facebook application, the malware will launch a browser that loads Facebook at the same time. The browser is displayed in the foreground which makes you think that the application launched it," the cyber-security firm explains.


Once the user put their Facebook login details on the phishing page (which features a black bar instead of a blue bar of the original Facebook app), the malicious then sent the credentials to a remote server. This could potentially allow attackers to access all data stored on the Facebook account or even allow them to access other websites where users' have logged in via their Facebook account.
Evina, however, has not clarified how these malicious apps avoided detection by Google's Play Protection service. The full list of these malicious Android apps is listed on Evina's website.






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