Mitron app pulled down from Google Play Store; here’s why

Ruben Fields
June 2, 2020

Named "Remove China Apps", the app is now leading the chart of the top free app and the top trending app on Google app store. Researchers have already found a vulnerability in Mitron app that allowed anyone with the technical know-how to gain unrestricted access to over 50 Lakh accounts, before it was pulled down from the Play Store. Moreover, the app has crossed a million downloads within a short span of 15 days, and has 4.8 star rating out of 5 star.

The app is straightforward to use: Click scan and it will either congratulates one on having no Chinese apps or displays a list of those that are determined to be of Chinese origin - like TikTok.

Soon after Mitron made headlines, a team of developers from Pakistan named QBoxus contacted Indian reporters through Twitter and claimed that they are the ones who actually created an app called TicTic and then put up the source code on CodeCanyon for sale at $34 or around Rs 2,571.

Despite its instant popularity, the app's background is cryptic.

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It's also unclear how the developer defines "China apps". This app now ranks first in a number of categories. User tests show that it flags the US video conferencing giant Zoom. Meanwhile, it misses some obvious targets, like Chinese apps that come bundled with smartphones. However, do note that it does not detect all the apps that are made in China and you might have to manually look for them. (TikTok is a Chinese app).

Should You Use Remove China Apps Application? Google clearly needs such security guards too, and again Mitron app is a classic example to prove that point.

Now, there is an app named Remove China Apps on Google Play Store that claims to detect and delete apps that are either made in China or made by Chinese developers.

That last bit, and the fact that Mitron is literally the same as TicTic down to its source code, is reason enough why it should never have made its way through Google's supposedly stern security checks, much less become a viral sensation that it became, so very quickly, due to the ongoing wave of strong anti-China sentiment that's blowing across the county.

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