Koo, an Indian microblogging platform that gives a Twitter-like expertise in Indian languages, has been accused of exposing its customers’ private knowledge by French safety researcher Robert Baptiste, who goes by the pseudonym Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y on Twitter). Baptiste stated that he spent half-hour on Koo on the request of customers on Twitter and located that the microblogging platform was exposing delicate info of its customers, resembling e mail addresses, names, gender, and extra. He additionally posted a sequence of tweets to element his findings about Koo. The brand new Indian social media platform lately gained some traction after Twitter refused to dam some accounts associated to the continued farmers’ protest on the request of the federal government.
By way of screenshots posted on Twitter, Baptiste seems to counsel that it was pretty simple for him to get to the non-public info of customers of Koo. He stated the app leaked private knowledge of its customers together with e mail, date of beginning, marital standing, and gender. In additional screenshots, Baptiste additionally instructed that Koo had a website registered within the US with the registrant primarily based in China.
The Indian Twitter lookalike Koo is being closely promoted by authorities officers together with Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who lately invited customers to join him on the app by way of a publish on Twitter. Koo, which is offered on desktop, iOS, and Android, gives a Twitter-like expertise in Indian languages. The app had gained the federal government’s Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge final yr, which was meant to encourage native app growth. Koo has been developed by Aprameya Radhakrishna, who can be the Co-Founder and CEO of the platform that was launched in March final yr.
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