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Why was VLC media player banned in India?

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News recently broke today when the country’s government banned the open-source, cross-platform VLC media player. The site was banned by the Indian government may have been the result of a “connection with China” as a group of hackers with links to Beijing infiltrated VLC Media Player with malware to hack devices.

According to cybersecurity researchers from Symantec, victims of Cicada are located in India, United States, Canada, Israel, Hong Kong and several other countries.

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

Symantec researchers found that China-based attackers were using VLC Media Player to install malware on compromised devices.

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

It is also available for download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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

VLC media player is developed by VideoLAN project.

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

It is capable of streaming media over computer networks and can transcode media files.

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

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