Government officials will get a personal WhatsApp-like app by IT Ministry

Various targets of Hostile Intelligence Agencies are being investigated.

The Ministry of Information Technology Director, Bilal Abbasi, recently announced:

A WhatsApp styled android application scheme is under consideration for the government members amid fears that the government officials\\’ WhatsApp and telephone messages could be hacked via cyber-attacks.

As per Abbasi, the National IT Board (NITB) is working on this government-approved project and will be launching its pilot project in the next few weeks.

Why is the application being tailor-made for the government employees?

Bilal Abbasi summed up the answer in two lines:

Government officials discuss various topics, and the WhatsApp application is insecure for these confidential discussions and data. To counter this fear and protect the government officials\\’ communications, the NITB is working on a similar, but more secure, app.

While speaking about the fear surrounding online data exchange, it should be noted that a few days ago, Pakistan\\’s Intelligence Agencies identified a major cyber-attack by Indian Intelligence Agencies. The attack comprised a range of cybercrimes, including deceitful fabrication by personal hacking of mobiles and technical gadgets of government officials and military personnel.

In a press statement, the Armed Forces Spokesperson said:

Various targets of Hostile Intelligence Agencies are being investigated. Pakistan Army has further enhanced necessary measures to thwart such activities, including action against violators of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on cybersecurity.

Currently, an investigation into the targets of hostile intelligence agencies is underway. According to the spokesperson, all government departments and institutions are being sent an advisory to identify lapses and to enhance respective cybersecurity measures.

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