One of the most popular chat apps in the US is actually a foreign spy tool

Discussion in 'mobile device security' started by mood, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. mood

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    One of the most popular chat apps in the US is actually a foreign spy tool
    ToTok, an Emirati messaging app that has been downloaded to millions of phones, is the latest escalation of a digital arms race
    December 22, 2019

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/...apps-in-the-us-is-actually-a-foreign-spy-tool
    New York Times: It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.
    https://twitter.com/jckichen/status/1208841220677484546
     
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    Technical Analysis
    Mass Surveillance, is an (un)Complicated Business
    triaging a massively popular iOS application, with a dark side
    December 20, 2019
    https://objective-see.com/blog/blog_0x52.html
     
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    USA still the best. But getting worse!
    To the great unwashed masses NOT my Wilders brethren.

    I say duh you stupid pos (point of sale).
     
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    UAE chat app ToTok, reportedly govt's spying tool, denies misusing users' data
    The clarification came after ToTok was taken off from Apple and Google App stores last week
    December 25, 2019
    https://www.livemint.com/technology...enies-misusing-users-data-11577262836608.html
     
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    At least it is not using strong E2E encryption to protect conversations from NSA.
     
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    Totok returns to Google Play Store after UAE's spyware denial
    Popular UAE-developed mobile application offers free calling and messaging to millions of users
    January 4, 2020
    https://www.arabianbusiness.com/tec...rns-to-google-play-store-after-spyware-denial
     
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    This is just a never ending story about facebook ferals [generic term for idiots who jump on the latest bandwagon of apps for convenience and social acceptance without regard for consequences].
    I'm not the conscience of the world, so I'm sorry to those that may be offended, but I just can't help laughing every time I read stories like this.
     
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    Messaging app ToTok, allegedly used for mass spying, removed from Google Play again
    February 14, 2020
    https://9to5google.com/2020/02/14/google-play-removes-totok/
     
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    ToTok chat app tells users to ignore Google’s spyware warning
    February 21, 2020
    https://www.grahamcluley.com/totok-chat-app-spyware/
    ToTok: A note to the ToTok community from our cofounders
     
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    The strange, unexplained journey of ToTok in Google Play fuels user suspicions
    February 21, 2020
    https://arstechnica.com/information...ves-totok-app-said-to-spy-for-uae-government/
     
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