October 2, 2022

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Open source media player: VLC player is blocked in India

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Open source media player: VLC player is blocked in India



 

Open source media player: VLC player is blocked in India.

India blocked the website and download link of the VLC player project, and Indian users visiting the website displayed the message “The website has been blocked by order of the Ministry of Electronic Information Technology under the IT Act 2000”.

 

 

 

India has not officially announced a blockade of VLC, nor has it provided any information on the ban.

According to a report by Indian media IndiaToday , the reason behind this move is that VLC was launched by a Chinese hacker group Cicada.

Security experts found that Cicada used the VLC player to deploy a malicious program loader .

Therefore, the Indian government wants to ban the download of VLC from the official website.

 

Jean-Baptiste Kempf, chairman of the VideoLAN Foundation, which developed VLC, said that the blockade started on February 13, 2022.

They asked the Indian government but received no response.

It is strange that some Indian ISPs blocked VLC but some ISPs did not.

 

Open source media player: VLC player is blocked in India

 

VLC is a free, open source and free multimedia player and framework. The VideoLAN Foundation, which maintains VLC, is a non-profit organization. The project team members are located in Paris.

 

In addition, local users in India can still download the media player from the Apple App Store and Google Play app store.

They can also visit a mirror site of the official website, or get the installation files directly on their Windows computer.

 



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