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Why did VLC media player get banned in India?

The VLC Media Player has been banned by all major internet service providers in the country. However, the video streaming provider can be accessed on phone or laptop using any VPN service.

Written By : IANS Edited By : Saumya Nigam | Noida
Updated on: August 15, 2022 20:27 IST
VLC Media Player, google Play store
Image Source : GOOGLE PLAY STORE VLC Media Player

The news recently broke today when the government of the country banned open source, cross-platform VLC media player. The site got banned by the government in India may have been the result of a "China connection" as a hacker group with Beijing links infiltrated VLC Media Player with a malware to hack devices.

As per the cyber-security researchers at Symantec, the Cicada victims are found in India, the US, Canada, Israel, Hong Kong and several other countries.

In April, the Cicada group attacked several countries, targeting high-profile victims.

The researchers at Symantec found that the China-based attackers used VLC Media Player to install a malware on compromised devices.

The VLC Media Player has been banned by all major internet service providers in the country. However, the video streaming provider can be accessed on phone or laptop using any VPN service.

It is also available for download on Apple App store and Google Play store.

There's no official word from the government yet on why the access to the VLC website has been restricted in the country.

The VLC media player is developed by the VideoLAN project.

VLC supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-Video, Video CD and streaming protocols.

It is able to stream media over computer networks and can transcode multimedia files.

VLC, like most multimedia frameworks, has a very modular design which makes it easier to include modules/plugins for new file formats, codecs, interfaces, or streaming methods.

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