The National Office for Cyber and Information Security (NÚKIB) has drawn attention to the threat associated with the use of the WeChat mobile application and its Chinese version, Weixin. According to the authority, the application collects a large volume of user data, which could be used to precisely target cyber attacks or blackmail.
The creator of the WeChat application is the Chinese company Tencent, which, according to NÚKIBU, has close ties to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party.
In the Czech Republic, WeChat is used by approximately 40,000 people, but according to NÚKIB, these are often exposed persons, such as diplomats, businessmen, academics or Chinese dissidents. The authority warns that “their sensitive data obtained through WeChat could thus be used in the future, for example for blackmail”.
The danger associated with the use of the WeChat application may be similar to that of the TikTok social network owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, which NÚKIB warned against already in March this year.