Indian Army has developed its own messaging apps. So what this app can do? will it replace WhatsApp and telegram and how is it different from them? let’s understand all these in this article.
In today’s world cybersecurity has become very important especially when it comes to the defence of any nation. Cyber attacks and data breaching are quite common nowadays. Recently Indian Army along with the Indian Airforce has asked its officials to discontinue the usage of popular messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Messenger, etc.
This directive has been issued because there has been an exponential increase in the number of military personnel being targeted online by intelligence agencies of “THE LAND OF TERRORIST” (Yes you guessed it write its none other than our useless neighbor Pakistan) and China.
The Chinese army has a specialized hacking unit called “Unit 61898“. Unit 61398 is a mysterious division of the Chinese military and allegedly is countless cyber-attacks on Western defence systems as well as commercial systems.
This unit is housed in a 12-Storey building near Shanghai and is believed to made up of thousands of cyber troops that follow the command of the People’s Republic Army.
The activities of these hacking groups have risen exponentially since the beginning of the military dialogue between the Quad countries. recently due to some cyber-attacks Japanese Firm Mitshubishi has lost critical data on its missile project. Last year we saw attacks on our nuclear power plant which tried to override the reactor toward a meltdown!
Indian Army has developed a simple messaging application named SAI. SAI stands for Secure Application for Internet.
The messaging application has been developed by the Army’s Corps of Signals, which handles military communication.
According to an Army statement, the application supports secure voice, text and video calling services for the android platforms over the internet. The app is end to end encrypted and its security is bolstered by the local servers and coding that can be tweaked as per requirements, unlike other applications which have their servers in China which makes them vulnerable.
SAI was first developed by Col. Sai Shankar, the commanding officer of a signals unit in Rajasthan, and was subsequently upgraded to military standards. Col. Shankar was later congratulated by defence minister Rajnath Singh.
Meanwhile, IAF already uses the AFNET mobile phones, but the rang is limited to IAF stations only. The navy also has secured intranet system for calling, which is based on landlines.
Overall this SAI app is a big boost to Atmanirbhar Bharat and a great step towards a more cyber secure world.