French security researcher claims Twitter's desi rival Koo is 'leaking' personal data of users
- Koo, an Indian alternative to Twitter, is reportedly exposing personal data of users.
- A French security researcher, Robert Baptiste (@fs0c131y), has posted his findings on Twitter.
- Koo has found support from India’s Hindu right wing, railway minister Piyush Goyal, and PM Modi.
- Baptiste has, in the past, exposed security flaws in the Aarogya Setu app.
According to Robert Baptiste who goes by the pseudonym Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y), Koo is exposing sensitive user information like email address, date of birth, gender and marital status.
Baptiste has, in the past, exposed flaws in various government apps and websites, including the government-mandated Aarogya Setu app, which the Indian authorities have vehemently refuted.
You asked so I did it. I spent 30 min on this new Koo app. The app is leaking of the personal data of his users: em… https://t.co/bwYznLDlv5— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) 1612982634000
According to him, Koo has a domain registered in the US, but the registrant of the domain is based in China. The founders recently admitted to having a Chinese investor who, they said, would be bought out.
We have reached out to Koo for a comment on the matter and will update the story with their statement when we receive it.
Koo’s co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna took to Twitter to downplay the ‘leak’.
Some news about data leaking being spoken about unnecessarily. Please read this:The data visible is something tha… https://t.co/UgDtCnvNUH— Aprameya R (@aprameya) 1613026723000
Koo is being backed by Indian ministers as an alternative to Twitter
Koo has gained popularity of late after India’s ministers and pro-government activists started a #BanTwitter campaign on Twitter. They also started promoting Koo, which also saw Indian ministers like Piyush Goyal chip in with a tweet nudging his followers to join him on the app.
I am now on Koo. Connect with me on this Indian micro-blogging platform for real-time, exciting and exclusive upd… https://t.co/L09sLRtzDM— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) 1612859791000
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also promoted Koo in one of his monthly addresses to the people. The app also won the government’s Digital India AtmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge in 2020.
The 10-month-old app has over 3 million downloads now, registering 10x growth since December, 2020.
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