ToTok application removed from the App Store and the Play Store

The application is accused of spying users worldwide with support from the UAE government.

The New York Times has reported that a popular app, ToTok, has been removed from the App Store and Google Play Store as it has been accused of spying millions of people around the world. If the report is to be believed, this app was used as secret monitoring equipment used by the United Arab Emirates government to spy on millions.

ToTok application removed from the App Store and the Play Store
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ToTok has been downloaded in continents like Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. It even became one of the most downloaded social apps in the United States. The NYT suggests that the UAE government has record of “every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound, and image” of the people who have used the app.

“ToTok is a cleverly designed tool for mass surveillance, according to the technical analysis and interviews. It functions much like the myriad other Apple and Android apps that track users’ locations and contacts,” reported The NYT.

According to some reports, the app is developed by Breej Holding but it’s just a front for DarkMatter, cyber intelligence, and hacking firm which is based in Abu Dhabi. The agency consists of Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency (NSA) employees, and former Israeli military intelligence operatives.

ToTok tasted its primary success in the UAE as the government blocked features like voice and video calling on apps like WhatsApp and Skype. The app was also promoted by Huawei in its Facebook post. The matter has reached FBI for further investigating. ToTok has been removed from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. If you are using it, you might want to uninstall it right away.


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