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Google removes spyware SmeshApp from PlayStore

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:56 IST

Tech-giant Google on 15 March has suspended the download link of spyware app SmeshApp from Google PlayStore, the official Android market.

The decision came after reports of misuse of the app by Pakistani intelligence agencies to spy on Indian army and para-military force personnel, a CNN IBN report said. The Android was reportedly used during the Pathankot air base attack to access classified information of troops' movement.

The controversial app was repeatedly used to snoop on crucial information related to the Indian army, intelligence, classified operations and information related to troop movement.

The spy agencies across the border also used it as a tool to infect the computer system of Indian soldiers, the TV report revealed. The app allows third party access to the user's personal information. It automatically fetches text messages, phone calls, phone-book, pictures and videos from the device.

The information was allegedly being routed to the main server in Germany.

With over 10 fake Facebook profiles and various apps, Pakistani intelligence agencies have been using various tactics to lure and honeytrap army men.

First published: 15 March 2016, 2:09 IST