Jio Chat, the instant messaging service from Reliance Jio, has come under the scanner of security experts after hacker group AnonOpsIndia claimed to have found evidence that the app was sending sensitive user data to a Chinese IP.
AnonOpsIndia decompiled the Jio Chat APK and found references to a Chinese IP address which is receiving Indian user data. At this point of time it isn’t known what sort of user data is being shared with the owners of the Chinese IP.
The group has started a campaign on Twitter – #OpStopReliance – and have shared their findings. User @digimaverick too has shared a screenshot of the code from the Jio Chat app which shows references to the Chinese IPs and language strings.
@digimaverick claims that location and other sensitive data of Indian users is being sent to the Chinese IPs. Moreover, with data passing through Chinese servers not being encrypted, anyone has potential access to personal data of Jio Chat users.
Reliance so far hasn’t commented on the issue, but given the sensitivity of Indian user data being passed on to Chinese servers, we expect the company to release a statement soon.
Last year, Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi got into hot water for sending Indian user data back to its servers in China. Following the uproar, the company decided to setup its own data centres in India in order to handle local user data.