Reason behind VLC media player ban in India

VLC media player screen shot
VLC media player blocked in India

The VideoLAN project’s VLC media player, one of the most widely used media player programmes and streaming video servers, is no longer active in India. VLC Media Player was reportedly blocked in India about two months ago, according to a report by MediaNama. No information on the ban has been made public by either the company or the Indian government.

According to some reports, VLC Media Player has been prohibited in the nation as a result of Cicada, a hacker group backed by China, utilising the platform to launch 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 country currently blocks access to the VLC Media Player website and download link. Simply put, this indicates that nobody in the nation is able to use the platform for any kind of employment. Users that have the programme loaded on their device appear to experience this. According to reports, all significant ISPs, including ACTFibernet, Jio, Vodafone-idea, and others, have restricted the use of VLC Media Player.

Videolan project’s website “” cannot be accessed due to an order issued by @GoI_MeitY. It is inaccessible for all the major ISPs in India including #ACT#Airtel and V!. #WebsiteBlocking

— (@SFLCin) June 2, 2022


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