The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs in an alert on 13 December 2016 alleged that Pakistan intelligence agencies are spying on Indian security forces using four mobile applications.
The Home Ministry stated that these intelligence agencies are sending malwares through gaming, music and entertainment apps like Top Gun, Mpjunkie, Bdjunkie and Talking Frog to steal confidential information.
The Ministry also added that when users having these apps use mobile banking on their smartphones, chances of cyber crime become higher. So, in order to prevent such a fraud these apps should be deleted immediately.
A similar alert was issued by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary during Lok Sabha proceedings earlier in May this year. At the time, he had said that the Indian security forces have been made aware of such fraud applications and a set of guidelines have been issued to all ministries and departments to prevent such cyber attacks.
Chaudhary had also added then that the Pakistan’s spy agencies are attempting to lure ex-servicemen into spying for them by bribing them with job opportunities and financial aid. He said that at least seven ex-servicemen have been arrested for the same between 2013- 2016.
In addition to it, India recently expelled a Pakistani high commission official after detaining him on charges of spying. This initiated a diplomatic spat between the two nations.
What is a Malware?
• It is short for malicious software used to disrupt regular computer or mobile operations in order to gain access to classified information.
• It refers to a variety of hostile software like computer viruses, worms, spyware and Trojan horses.
• Once it infects a device, it damages it completely.