One of the most popular media player software and streaming media server VLC Media Player developed by VideoLAN Project is no longer working in India. According to a report by MediaNama, VLC Media Player has been blocked in India about 2 months back. Neither the company nor the Government of India has given any information about the ban.
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Some reports suggest that VLC Media Player has been banned in the country because the platform was being used by China-backed hacking group Cicada for cyber attacks. A few months ago, security experts discovered that Cicada was using VLC Media Player to deploy a malicious malware loader as part of a long-running cyberattack campaign.
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Since it was a soft ban, neither the company nor the Indian government officially announced a ban on the media platform. Some users on Twitter are still exploring the restrictions. A Twitter user named Gagandeep Sapra tweeted a screenshot of the VLC website, which shows that “The website has been blocked as per the order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under the IT Act, 2000.”
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Currently, the VLC Media Player website and download link is banned in the country. In simple words, it means that no one in the country can access the platform for any work. This appears to be for users who have the software installed on their device. It is said that VLC Media Player is banned on all major ISPs including ACTFibernet, Jio, Vodafone-Idea and others.
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Recently, the Indian government blocked hundreds of Chinese apps, including PUBG Mobile, TikTok, Camscanner and more. In fact, the Indian version of PUBG Mobile dubbed as BGMI has also been blocked in India and removed from the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. The reason behind blocking these apps is that the government feared that these platforms were sending user data to China. Notably, VLC Media Player is not supported by a Chinese company. It has been developed by the Paris-based firm VideoLAN.
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