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ToTok, the suspected espionage app, returns to the Play Store

ToTok, the messaging application suspected of being a tool used by the United Arab Emirates, has been restored by Google on the Play Store

ToTok, the alternative messaging application to Whatsapp suspected of being an espionage tool (Graphic reworking: Gabriele Porro)

Google has made the messaging application available again on the Play Store Totok after the service was banned from the platform because he was suspected of being used as an espionage tool in the United Arab Emirates.

ToTok born as an app alternative to WhatsApp in those countries where Menlo Park service has been limited. Launched on the market in early 2019, it immediately gained immense success by earning millions of users in a short timeor.

A report published in December since New York Times he has exposed the laudable communicative intent of the application.

As we read in the article, it would seem that Totok has been used by the United Arab Emirates for try to track of every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound and image of those who install it on their phones“, Thus becoming to all intents and purposes one source of information for the Abu Dhabi-based cybersecurity and hacking company, DarkMatter, later linked to the United Arab Emirates government.

Despite the Times have provided A technical analysis and interviews with IT security experts which showed how the company behind ToTok, Breej Holding, was most likely one facade company affiliated with DarkMatter and that Emirati intelligence officials, former employees of the National Security Agency and former Israeli military intelligence agents, worked in it, Google decided to restore application downloads temporarily suspended on the Play Store.

"We take reports of security and privacy breaches seriouslyGoogle said in a statement. "If we find behavior that violates our policies, we take action".

ToTok denied any illegal activity by providing technical analysis of a former employee of the NSA as evidence that concluded that the application "it simply does what it claims to do, and really nothing more … no exploits, no backdoors and no malware". Therefore Google has decided to restore the download trusting dellopenness, honesty and transparency by ToTok.


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