Government Bans VLC Media Player; Company Says Ban Was Implemented On February 13

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New Delhi, 13th August 2022: The VideoLAN project’s VLC media player, one of the most widely used media player programmes and streaming video servers, is now banned in India. VLC Media Player was reportedly prohibited in India, according to a claim by MediaNama, however, this occurred about two months ago.



In the meantime, no information concerning the restriction was made public by either the corporation or the Indian government.


In response to India Today Tech, VLC Media Player stated that the ban was implemented on February 13.


According to some reports, VLC Media Player has been outlawed in the nation because Cicada, a hacker group backed by China, utilised the platform to conduct cyberattacks. Security specialists just recently learned that Cicada, as part of a protracted cyberattack campaign, was utilising VLC Media Player to distribute a malicious malware loader.


The corporation and the Indian government did not formally announce the banning of the media platform because it was only a soft restriction. The limitations of Twitter are still being discovered by some users. A screenshot of the VLC website showing “the website has been prohibited as per order Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under IT Act, 2000” was tweeted by a user.


The country now forbids access to the VLC Media Player website and download links. VLC Media Player allegedly has a ban on all significant ISPs, including ACTFibernet, Jio, Vodafone-idea, and others.