The Indian Army has warned citizens, that Chinese hackers are targeting them through WhatsApp. On Sunday, the official Twitter handle of the army's Additional Directorate General of Public Information released a video, stating the same. The video suggested that citizens use social messenger applications safely.
This comes 4 months after the Army had warned their personnel posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), against using a host of applications, including WhatsApp.
“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 your data,” says a video tweeted by the ADGPI.
The video also advises on how to protect yourself from potential attacks.
1. The Army has advised WhatsApp users to check their groups and do regular audits, to see if there is any number starting with +86, who has recently joined the group.
2. All names in the groups should be saved under the proper name, so that identification is easily possible.
3. Scrutinize any unknown numbers, thoroughly.
4. In case you change your number, inform the group admin immediately. Destroy the SIM card and delete the WhatsApp on that group.