Google and Apple have removed an alleged UAE spy application from their stores. Reportedly, the application titled ‘ToTok’ (similar to TikTok) was being used to state spy.
ToTok is an application that claims to offer users a safe platform for conversations via texting and video chats.
However, the New York Times (NYT) has claimed that the application is the United Arab Emirate government’s spy tool.
On the other hand, ToTok has shared that they will make a come back to the app stores soon in an official blog post.
The app said that it is ‘temporarily unavailable’ on the Apple App stores and the Google Play store due to ‘technical issue’.
NYT claims in their reports that ToTok has given UAE spies access to citizen conversations, movements and personal information including messages, pictures.
ToTok users who already have the application downloaded and are using it can continue to do so without any problems or interferences.
Moreover, as per the NYT reports, the publisher of the app Breej Holding Ltd is affiliated with DarkMatter. DarkMatter is an Abu Dhabi-based intelligence and hacking firm.
As of now, the application is currently under review by the FBI for cyber-crimes.
ToTok in a blog said, “While the existing ToTok users continue to enjoy our service without interruption, we would like to inform our new users that we are well engaged with Google and Apple to address the issue.”
No official statement was given otherwise.
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