The National Telecom and Information Technology Security Board warns that the Indian navigation app ‘Deesha’ poses a threat to the entire country of Pakistan (NTISB).
Deesha is a third-party application that can only be downloaded via third-party servers and is not available on the Google Play Store. It, like Google Maps, provides reliable offline navigation once you download a map of your area. The app is also gaining traction in Pakistan, posing a national security risk.
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That’s because the software can automatically access the host device, store data, read SMS texts, and access the device’s location without the user’s permission. It can also remember waypoints, display exact user locations on the Indian Grid System, and do a lot more. Even if the gadget does not have access to the internet, it can calculate the user’s location.
As a result, its widespread use throughout the country could represent a serious threat to Pakistan.
Users should stop any application instals from unknown sources, according to NTISB. Only official app shops, such as the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, Samsung Store, and others, should be used to install apps.
On Android devices, Google Play Protect should not be turned off because it detects fraudulent apps and alerts you about them.
Last but not least, do not click on any fraudulent links on WhatsApp. The titles of these links are frequently suspicious, such as “WhatsApp Offers Free Airplane Tickets.” q