Kimbho Android App by Ramdev’s Patanjali ‘is a security disaster,’ deleted from Google store

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Patanjali has taken down its much-publicised messaging app, Kimbho, from Google Play after cyber security experts termed it a ‘security disaster’ highlighting how users’ messages could be breached without much trouble.

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Patanjali on Wednesday launched a new ‘desi’ messaging application while claiming to give stiff challenge to WhatsApp. Patanjali’s spokesperson SK Tijarawala even took to Twitter to announce that now ‘WhatsApp will be given a competition.’ His tweet read, ” Now Bharat will speak. After launching sim cards, baba Ramdev has launched a new messaging application called Kimbho. Now WhatsApp will be given a competition. Our own #SwadeshiMessagingplatform. Download it directly from Google Play store.”

But French cyber security expert Elliot Alderson posted a short video on Twitter claiming how he could access users’ messages without much trouble. He asked people to not install the app. In a series of tweets, Alderson wrote, “This @KimbhoApp is a joke, next time before making press statements, hire competent developers… If it is not clear, for the moment don’t install this app. #Kimbho #KimbhoApp.

His next tweet said, “This @KimbhoApp is a joke, next time before making press statements, hire competent developers… If it is not clear, for the moment don’t install this app. #Kimbho #KimbhoApp.” He then called it a day by calling Kimbho a security disaster. “Ok, I will stop here. The #Kimbho #android #app is a security disaster. I can access the messages of all the users…”

On Thursday, Alderson returned to further claim that Kimbho was essentially a copy of another application. He wrote, “The @KimbhoApp is a copy paste of another #application. The description and the screenshots in the app stores are the same. Moreover, the #Kimbho app is making request to bolomessenger[.]com.”

Another user Abhishek Singh said that Kimbho was copy of another application ‘Bolo’ as he posted screenshots highlighting the striking similarities in OTP SMS format. He wrote, “It is build on an app called “BOLO”. Kimbho team is so dumb that they didnt even changed the OTP SMS format!! Even the description n pics used are same as Bolo app!”

Interestingly, Patanjali Communications had claimed in its Kimbho’s privacy feature that it saved no data of users on their servers or cloud.

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