The Indian government on February 11 said that it searched in app stores but could not find any app called Tek Fog that is allegedly used to manipulate social media trends. Rajya Sabha MPs Sukhram Singh Yadhav, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, and Chhaya Verma had asked the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology whether there are apps like Tek Fog that are used for "manipulating online ratings in favour of certain policies and personalities by adopting fraudulent means", to which the ministry filed a response stating: "Government has noted the news articles about an App, namely, ‘Tek Fog’ that has been allegedly used to manipulate social media platforms. This Ministry has searched for the App on all prominent App Stores and APK Stores and could not find so called App in any of these online stores. This Ministry is not aware of any technical vulnerability that makes social media intermediaries susceptible to manipulation as reported in the news articles." The government had given the same response on February 4, when asked if it intends to investigate how Tek Fog can be used to hack WhatsApp accounts of citizens and for running harassment campaigns. It's not surprising that a highly secretive, sophisticated, and fraudulent app like Tek Fog is not listed on public app stores and it's not a secret that apps can be downloaded on Android phones even if they're not on app stores by obtaining an APK file of the app, which is the route operators of Tek Fog will have most…
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