- Koo App (Indian Twitter) leaking personal data.
- App leaked Email, DOB, gender and marital status.
- Koo has a Chinese investor.
What is Koo App?
Koo app is an Indian App which looks like Twitter, it is an Indian microblogging platform that looks like Twitter app, basically, it is the small brother of twitter. It is founded by Aprameya Radhakrishna, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Koo and Mayank Bidawatka,
It is launched back in March 2020.
Koo has a sudden rise in the popularity after the farmer’s protest when Indian Govt start banning the users who are linked with the protest, then Twitter refuses not to block the account of the journalist, News Media, activist or politicians, miffed Twitter users flocking to Indian app Koo.
Founder raised funds from many Indian Investors and it raised nearly Rs. 30 Crore form new investors, which include 3ONE4 Capital-backed up former Infosys CEO Mohandas Pai.
App also won The Indian Government’s ATMANIRBHAR APP INNOVATION CHALLENGE.
Koo recently grow tremendous growth in their users, it has now 3 million users account, recently Union minister like Piyush Goyal tweeted about this app and department of union ministry issuing a statement on it.
Koo app leaking personal Information of users
Recently a French security researcher Robert Baptiste, who is on Twitter named “Elliot Alderson” (name taken from a famous web Series Mr Robot) with username as @fs0c131y on Twitter, he said that he spends 30 min on Koo app as requested by many users on Twitter to check if this microblogging platform exposing users personal data or nor? so he did his research and found that the app was exposing users personal data such as email address, Date of Birth, username, marital status and gender.
with this information, he also posted some screenshots having the details of users he checked.
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: email, dob, name, marital status, gender, … https://t.co/87Et18MrOg pic.twitter.com/qzrXeFBW0L— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) February 10, 2021
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He also said that it was easy to find these details for him and he also added that Koo had a domain registered in the US with the registrant based in China.
Then responding to Baptiste (the hacker) CEO of Koo said that the user’s data was already available publically anyway he said,” The data visible is something that the user has voluntarily shown on their profile of Koo. It cannot be termed a data leak. If you visit a user profile you can see it anyway.”
Baptiste responds to it says that its a lie and share the profile of an IAS officer and said this is the same profile for which he accesses data and there no data publically available.
Update: Koo founder commented the leak. It’s a lie. I did check this point before tweeting and it was not true https://t.co/ituNelED3c— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) February 11, 2021
In response to Baptiste’s latest allegation, Radhakrishna said, “We’re attempting to do something for our country, India. All help is appreciated. If you want to help out in this journey of ours please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take a look at all the feedback you have. Thanks!”
About the Chinese Investor
Home-grown micro-blogging app Koo has a Chinese investor Shunwei Capital on board who is on its way out, Aprameya Radhakrishna, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Koo, told CNBC TV18 in an interview on February 10.
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