Mitron is not an Indian app but a repackaged version of TicTic

Ruben Fields
June 2, 2020

The desi TikTok rival, Mitron app, has soared its popularity overnight with over 50 lakhs downloads within a month.

Soon after the media reported about the popularity of Mitron app, a team of developers from Pakistan named QBoxus contacted Indian reporters through Twitter. News18 has learnt that the Mitron app's entire source code, including its full set of features and the user interface, was bought from Pakistani software developer company, Qboxus. Use Mitron instead Me: "Folks, Mitron is a repackaged app made by a Pakistani company", an ethical hacker who goes by the name Elliot Alderson tweeted on Saturday. Irfan Sheikh the founder and chief executive of Oboxus revealed that he has sold the source code of their app to Mitron's promoter for $34 that translates to Rs 2,600.

Sheikh said that out of his 277 customers of TicTic's code, anyone could launch another clone of Mitron without much effort. But Mitron's developer has taken our exact product, changed the logo and uploaded it on their store. However, unlike TikTok, Mitron does not properly mention its privacy policies.

Just like TikTok, you can watch videos without sign-in, but to upload, comment and like videos, you will need to create an account on the app. He paid for it and got the script which is okay.

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An interesting thing to add to your knowledge is that Mitron is the replica of the TicTok clone app called TicTic.

Sheikh said that while his company does push out updates to its apps, it is up to the developer to include it in his app or not. "But, the problem is with people referring to it as an Indian-made app, which is not true especially because they have not made any changes.", told the publication. He further said any app that asks for access to phone's camera, microphone and location comes with a huge risk and provides access that can allow such apps to monitor users 24×7.

Sheikh countered that it is wrong to think Qboxus can put data of millions at stake. The app is free to download on Google Play Store and now not available on iOS.

Mitron is an app with over 5 million downloads and has no privacy policy and website. The app's high ratings said, "Lots of bugs".

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