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agnivo007 wrote:

How can an open source project get tainted like this?

Idiots can do anything. They must've come across an article like this one

VLC media player is reportedly under Chinese malware threat 

and the below quote forced them to block VLC website / Desktop applications

Symantec's cybersecurity experts say a Chinese hacking group called Cicada is using VLC on Windows systems to launch malware used to spy on governments and related organizationsAdditionally, Cicada has targeted legal and non-profit sectors, as well as organizations with religious connections. The hackers have cast a wide net, with targets in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Turkey, Israel, India, Montenegro, and Italy.

but since, they got peanut-sized brains, they failed to notice that this Cicada group used a modified version of VLC. Suspension of app downloads from third party sources except the official one would've been right approach but instead these guys opted for a ban on official sources   joy

According to Symantec, Cicada uses a clean version of VLC to implant a malicious file alongside the media player's export functions. It's a technique that hackers frequently rely on to sneak malware into what would otherwise be legitimate software.

PS: UWP app (Limited features*) is still listed on MS Store and downloads are working just fine

Edit: Its a remote-deployment of malware on already-compromised systems & the culprit is something else. This is what i found in the Symantec report

In several cases, the initial activity on victim networks is seen on Microsoft Exchange Servers, suggesting the possibility that a known, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange may have been used to gain access to victim networks in some cases.
Once the attackers have successfully gained access to victim machines we observe them deploying various different tools, including a custom loader and the Sodamaster backdoor. The loader deployed in this campaign was also deployed in a previous Cicada attack.

Cicada: Chinese APT Group Widens Targeting in Recent Espionage Activity | Symantec Security

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1/ No idea why VLC is banned. -> VLC is french project not Chinese. -> For those taking about Cicada malware campaign, plz understand that a very outdated is vulnerable to DLL Hijacking (patched in 2010) and the threat actor need to install outdated VLC version for that attack. 2/ Attacker would install a genuine VLC (but version below 1.1.4) and replace a DLL file in its current working directory. This is common among many threat actors but see it’s conditions. Cicada first breached networks though a Microsoft Exchange server, using some other flaw. From : https://twitter.com/sunnynehrabro/status/155832...
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How can an open source project get tainted like this?

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kukdookoo wrote:
VLC Media Player banned in India
💪🏽je baat🦾

Translation: Now what the flute is a soft ban?
Has it been made illegal for consumers to use it¿

If not, then isn't it a bit dumb to again put the onus of the URLs blocking on the ISPs¡¿

Because most of the time, even amateurs too know about how to access sites.
And any device level blocks or ports being checked for the software accessing the internet... too can be masked by firewall softwares or other stuff.
Or even entirely bypassed using a private tunnel.


The application stores still allow one to download it on portable devices.

If Cicada or millipede or x y z are suspected of or known to be using its vulnerabilities... then it is more important to have better cyber awareness campaigns and develop competent teams and systems for countering those things and in increasing surveillance.

Costs and others resources needed to do the above
may not be significantly more than the aggregate costs of giving full page advertisements in print media, other regular advertising on-line and in electronic media, costs of frequently hiding/ hosting potential allies in star rated properties (resorts, hotels).

Iss sab nalayaki ke kharch se kam kharch mein... aam nagrik ko confidence mei liya ja sakta hai. Aur better and better counter measures, systems laaye jaa sakte hein (if one wishes to).
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Kal hi to download kiya hai maine
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How can an open source project get tainted like this?

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Now who's next ...GitHub ?
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agnivo007 wrote:

How can an open source project get tainted like this?

I Think This Might Be Reason... VLC Can Play Region Restricted Content... While Windows Media Player Won't Play And Throws Back Some Error...
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Rip vlc

Mene sbse phli [email protected] isi me deki thi

mere or b kitne bhaiyon ne bhi isi me dekhi hogi  😀


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agnivo007 wrote:

How can an open source project get tainted like this?

Idiots can do anything. They must've come across an article like this one

VLC media player is reportedly under Chinese malware threat 

and the below quote forced them to block VLC website / Desktop applications

Symantec's cybersecurity experts say a Chinese hacking group called Cicada is using VLC on Windows systems to launch malware used to spy on governments and related organizationsAdditionally, Cicada has targeted legal and non-profit sectors, as well as organizations with religious connections. The hackers have cast a wide net, with targets in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Turkey, Israel, India, Montenegro, and Italy.

but since, they got peanut-sized brains, they failed to notice that this Cicada group used a modified version of VLC. Suspension of app downloads from third party sources except the official one would've been right approach but instead these guys opted for a ban on official sources   joy

According to Symantec, Cicada uses a clean version of VLC to implant a malicious file alongside the media player's export functions. It's a technique that hackers frequently rely on to sneak malware into what would otherwise be legitimate software.

PS: UWP app (Limited features*) is still listed on MS Store and downloads are working just fine

Edit: Its a remote-deployment of malware on already-compromised systems & the culprit is something else. This is what i found in the Symantec report

In several cases, the initial activity on victim networks is seen on Microsoft Exchange Servers, suggesting the possibility that a known, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange may have been used to gain access to victim networks in some cases.
Once the attackers have successfully gained access to victim machines we observe them deploying various different tools, including a custom loader and the Sodamaster backdoor. The loader deployed in this campaign was also deployed in a previous Cicada attack.

Cicada: Chinese APT Group Widens Targeting in Recent Espionage Activity | Symantec Security

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I can access it, it's plainly stupid to block VLC.
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M.MAHI wrote:
Now who's next ...GitHub ?
they did block GitHub once
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Everyone knows about it from months but nobody talks about it joy
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They are asking for Help smile


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hackerboys wrote:

Rip vlc

Mene sbse phli [email protected] isi me deki thi

mere or b kitne bhaiyon ne bhi isi me dekhi hogi  😀


How can you watch? It’s a simple media player? Dm me the trick 😛

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bohemian wrote:
They are asking for Help smile


Ab jyada istemaal hoga vlc... bharat mein koi cheez jab ban hoti hai tabhi jyada istemaal hoti hai... wink toungueout

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Nooooo, its my favorite video player and I'm using it on all the devices.
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1/ No idea why VLC is banned. -> VLC is french project not Chinese. -> For those taking about Cicada malware campaign, plz understand that a very outdated is vulnerable to DLL Hijacking (patched in 2010) and the threat actor need to install outdated VLC version for that attack. 2/ Attacker would install a genuine VLC (but version below 1.1.4) and replace a DLL file in its current working directory. This is common among many threat actors but see it’s conditions. Cicada first breached networks though a Microsoft Exchange server, using some other flaw. From : https://twitter.com/sunnynehrabro/status/155832...
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Website is accessible from my end.

Seems my operator forgot to ban 

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Faug wrote:

How can you watch? It’s a simple media player? Dm me the trick 😛

Download krke

Ab to sb online chlta h .

Oh yeahhhhh ....

Baki pankaj se puch lo..uske pass HD me collection tha 300gb ka

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Bhai net hi ban kardo. Yea sab jhanjat hi nehi rahega. 

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next ban , linux / android / windows lol

New OS "MODIWARE"

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Ban is itself banned in VPN time.. what are they smoking! Lol..
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Jarvis.-. wrote:
Everyone knows about it from months but nobody talks about it joy

OTT ke jamana hai Babu bhaiya. VLC ke alawa kitne saare alternatives hain naa

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bikidas2060 wrote:

OTT ke jamana hai Babu bhaiya. VLC ke alawa kitne saare alternatives hain naa

VLC ki baat alag hai lekin ❤️
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Aliexpress ban -- Tiktok ban -- PubG ban -- VLC Media Player ban

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Abb koi mobile game khele na, 

China se shopping bhi na kare, 

tiktok pe shorts bhi na dekhe, 

aur bc abb offline vids bhi vlc pe na dekhe 😥


Aur p*rn ko to main bhul hi gaya tha 😄


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Bus abb inke Deshbhakt whatsapp forwards karne ka kaam bacha hai.

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It's been so many days since it's not working use any proxy site or vpn to download.

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Original wrote:

Aliexpress ban -- Tiktok ban -- PubG ban -- VLC Media Player ban

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Abb koi mobile game khele na, 

China se shopping bhi na kare, 

tiktok pe shorts bhi na dekhe, 

aur bc abb offline vids bhi vlc pe na dekhe 😥


Aur p*rn ko main to bhul hi gaya tha 😄


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Bus abb inke Deshbhakt whatsapp forwards karne ka kaam bacha hai.

Pubg, tiktok etc are addictions. Ise khelenge students n fir bolenge rojgar do. 

China se shopping kyu karen? Desh se hi karidna acha hai. 

Offline vids matlab pirated movies. Bakwas naa. Legal way me dekhna chahiye naa.

Aur baaki raha WhatsApp forwards ki. Unsolicited messages toh spamming hota hai naa. But agar kabhi kabaar saal, 1-2 din bhi chalega, me desh ke liye passion aa jae toh forwards nai, khud do tin line likhke bhejna chahiye. 


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bikidas2060 wrote:

Pubg, tiktok etc are addictions. Ise khelenge students n fir bolenge rojgar do. 

China se shopping kyu karen? Desh se hi karidna acha hai. 

Offline vids matlab pirated movies. Bakwas naa. Legal way me dekhna chahiye naa.

Aur baaki raha WhatsApp forwards ki. Unsolicited messages toh spamming hota hai naa. But agar kabhi kabaar saal, 1-2 din bhi chalega, me desh ke liye passion aa jae toh forwards nai, khud do tin line likhke bhejna chahiye. 


Biki bhai aap aapni aankhon par laga chashma hatakar dekhiye 😄

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bikidas2060 wrote:

OTT ke jamana hai Babu bhaiya. VLC ke alawa kitne saare alternatives hain naa

Vlc is all in one

Play all video
Convert videos
Download youtube videos
Play youtube videos
Can stream network file
And so on
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