‘Users’ data on Twitter’s Made in India option Koo in danger’

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Koo, a hacker about the Indian microblogging platform, claims that the platform is not able to protect users’ personal data. Koo is being touted as the Indian alternative to Twitter and in the last few days the app has also been promoted by many government ministries, leaders and other popular figures. It is available both in website and app. Now, a French security researcher Robert Baptiste (named Elliot Alderson on Twitter) says that Koo is exposing personal data of its users. Baptiste said that he spent 30 minutes on Koo at Twitter requesting users and found that the microblogging platform is exposing sensitive information of its users such as email address, name and birthday as well as various other information. He posted several tweets to detail his research about Koo. The Indian social media platform was launched in March 2020, but Koo has suddenly gained a lot of popularity in the last few days due to the ongoing differences between Twitter and the government.

Baptiste via a screenshot posted on Twitter Claimed Is that personal information of Koo users is not secure and can be exposed. Hackers have hacked the app to prove that many personal information such as email, date of birth, marital status of users can be easily exposed in Koo. In some other screenshots, Baptiste also suggested that Koo’s domain be registered in the US with a registrant based in China.

Made in India microblogging app Koo is being promoted by several government officials including Union Minister Piyus Goyal and Ravi Shankar Prasad. He recently invited users to migrate to Koo via a post on Twitter. Several ministries and government companies including India Post and MeiTY have also created their accounts in Koo. Let us know that Koo is available on desktop, iOS and Android. One of its major features is the support of many local languages. The app won the government’s Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge last year, aimed at encouraging local app developers. Koo is developed by Aprameya Radhakrishna, who is also the co-founder and CEO of this platform.

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