Chinese Military Develops Smartphone Software for Soldiers to Prevent Leaking Secrets

By | May 08, 2017 08:45 AM EDT
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China is tightening its belt on smartphone and Internet use among its soldiers.

China is tightening its belt on smartphone and Internet use among its soldiers.(Photo : Getty Images)

The Chinese military has introduced a mobile security platform that automatically alerts senior officials when soldiers leak sensitive data or use their smartphones during blackouts, according to the People's Liberation Army Daily, the military's official newspaper.

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The newspaper revealed that the smartphone surveillance software could be installed or uninstalled remotely, prevent access to specified websites, place restrictions during communication hours, and screen for sensitive words, the Economic Times noted.

The new system will automatically notify officials if any violations are detected. It is also capable of tracking users' telephone numbers and even devices by models.

Currently, the software is in its testing phase.

The new surveillance software aims to regulate smartphone use in the military, with the PLA Daily reporting that it wants to make a "safe space for soldiers to surf the Internet." The software also addresses fears of leaking highly confidential information.

Last year, a blog of a military enthusiast in China was temporarily shut down for leaking military intelligence. The blog, which had about 580 articles about the Chinese military, reportedly contained detailed information of troops.

Gao Jiandong, head of a military contracting firm in Shandong, said that many military enthusiasts are obsessed with digging into Chinese military history and want to share their discoveries via social media.

"It's good to see that these enthusiasts are so interested in our country's military, but they should be prudent," Song Zhongping, a military commentator, told the Global Times.

Chinese netizens are obliged to protect the country's security and must not commit any act that could endanger the state's security, according to the National Security Law.                   

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