New Delhi, Mar 19: Chinese hackers are targeting WhatsApp users in India, said the Indian Army on Sunday. The Army released a video about Chinese hackers and urged citizens to use WhatsApp application safely. The warning comes about four months after the Army had warned soldiers posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) against using a host of apps, including WhatsApp. Also Read - Amid Assam Floods, Twitter Joins Hands With National Disaster Response Force to Help People Stay Updated About Relief Efforts
In a tweet, Indian Army’s official handle, the Additional Directorate General of Public Interface (ADGPI) said the Chinese are trying to sneak into the digital world. “The Chinese use all kinds of platforms to penetrate your digital world. WhatsApp groups are a new way of hacking into your system. Chinese numbers starting with +86 barge into your groups and start extracting all the data,” a video tweeted by the ADGPI said. Also Read - Now, A Squirrel in US Tests Positive For the Bubonic Plague, Twitter Says '2020 Has No Chill'
The Army advised citizen to destroy their old SIM card completely in case they buy a new one. It asked WhatsApp users to be vigilant and urged them to conduct a regular check of their groups to see if any mobile number starting with +86 had been added. It said the information mined from such WhatsApp groups are being provided to Chinese hackers.