4.4 C
London
Friday, January 27, 2023

VLC says Indian ISPs blocking the site pose a threat to users – londonbusinessblog.com

Must read

Here’s what you need in your 5-year marketing plan

Opinions expressed by londonbusinessblog.com contributors are their own. We've all heard the interview question, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Marketers routinely...

5 former Memphis police officers are charged with murder after the death of Tire Nichols

Five former Memphis police officers were indicted Thursday on murder charges in the death of Tire Nichols, whose beating after a traffic stop was...

Match restructures executive leadership, hires former Snap VP of Product as new CTO • londonbusinessblog.com

Match Group, the parent company of several popular dating apps, including Tinder and Hinge, has announced a revamped executive team. Most notably, the...

Inscribe raises $25 million to fight financial fraud with AI • londonbusinessblog.com

Conor Burke spent much of his career in the back office of a major bank in Ireland. His team was tasked with digitizing...
Shreya Christinahttps://londonbusinessblog.com
Shreya has been with londonbusinessblog.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider londonbusinessblog.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

VideoLan, the developer of popular media player VLC, says Indian telecom operators have been blocking their website since February this year in a move that could potentially affect some users in one of the open source company’s largest markets.

“Most major ISPs [internet service providers] ban the site using various techniques,” VideoLan president and lead developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf said of the block in India in an email to londonbusinessblog.com.

The telecom operators began blocking the VideoLan website on Feb. 13 this year, when the site saw an 80% drop in traffic from the South Asian market, he said.

India represents 10% of all VLC users worldwide, he said. The traffic on the website has decreased by 20% in total due to the blocking in India.

Indian telecom operators have not explained why they blocked the VideoLan website, but some speculate that it could be due to a misinterpretation of a security warning from earlier this year.

Security firm Symantec reported in April this year that hacker group Cicada, which has ties to the Chinese government, misused VLC Media Player and several other popular applications to gain remote access to the victim’s computers.

Kempf said he or his company has not been approached by any Indian government agency and the blockage is likely the result of a misunderstanding of China’s security problem.

Downloaded more than 3.5 billion times worldwide, VLC is a local media player that does not require internet access or connection to any particular online service for the vast majority of its functions. A block on its website will not affect VLC’s existing installation base. Users can also continue to receive updates from mirror websites and app stores.

But by blocking the website, India is pushing its citizens to “dark websites with a hacked version of VLC. So they are putting their own citizens at risk with this ban,” Kempf added.

The New Delhi-based privacy advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation said in a tweet that the blocking of VideoLan is “without any publicly disclosed reason.

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article

Here’s what you need in your 5-year marketing plan

Opinions expressed by londonbusinessblog.com contributors are their own. We've all heard the interview question, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Marketers routinely...

5 former Memphis police officers are charged with murder after the death of Tire Nichols

Five former Memphis police officers were indicted Thursday on murder charges in the death of Tire Nichols, whose beating after a traffic stop was...

Match restructures executive leadership, hires former Snap VP of Product as new CTO • londonbusinessblog.com

Match Group, the parent company of several popular dating apps, including Tinder and Hinge, has announced a revamped executive team. Most notably, the...

Inscribe raises $25 million to fight financial fraud with AI • londonbusinessblog.com

Conor Burke spent much of his career in the back office of a major bank in Ireland. His team was tasked with digitizing...

Ford is helping dealers make mobile service an option for more customers

Ford is expanding its range of remote services to save customers a trip to their dealer for things like oil changes and recall repairs....