New Delhi: As per recent reports, the Indian government has taken action to block 14 messenger mobile applications that were being used by terrorists to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir. The apps were blocked under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, which empowers the government to take necessary measures to intercept, monitor or decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource if it is necessary for national security or public order.
These apps were being used by terrorists to communicate with their on-ground workers and supporters. It was found that one of the apps was challenging to track and did not have any representatives in India. Later, with the help of other intelligence agencies which operating in the Valley, a list of such apps was prepared. Intelligence agencies have been keeping track of these channels and have informed higher-ups that these apps are spreading terror propaganda in the Valley.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology was informed of the request to ban these mobile applications following the removal of the apps. The blocked apps include Crypviser, Wickrme, Enigma, Safeswiss, Mediafire, Briar, IMO, BChat, Nandbox, Conion, Element, Second Line, Zangi, and Threema. These apps are believed to have end-to-end encryption features, making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to track their conversations.
It is important to note that while most of the applications are still available on the Google Play Store, iOS and Android users are advised not to download these apps. If users already have these apps installed on their phones, they can uninstall them. This move by the Indian government is aimed at combating terrorism and ensuring national security. By blocking these apps, the government hopes to curb the spread of terror propaganda in Jammu and Kashmir.
This action by the Indian government highlights the importance of keeping track of the apps that are being used by terrorists and other criminals. It also emphasizes the need for tech companies to have representatives in countries where their apps are being used. Having representatives in a country can help companies work with the government to address any concerns and ensure that their apps are not being used for nefarious purposes.
In conclusion, the Indian government’s decision to block 14 messenger mobile applications used by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir is a significant step towards ensuring national security. While the apps are still available on the Google Play Store, it is important for users to be vigilant and not download these apps. The move also highlights the need for tech companies to have representatives in countries where their apps are being used.