The official website for VLC Player has been inaccessible in India for a few months now. It was reportedly banned by the Indian government due to a security breach, but this does not mean that Indian users will be denied access.
Indian ISPs are blocking VideoLAN's website as well as mobile VLC Player downloads, although some ISPs have not restricted Google Play Store downloads. However, many users in India are still unable to download the famously versatile media player through official channels.
Because of border disputes between the two countries, India's Department of Telecommunications hasn't explained the restriction, although it may be because of Chinese hackers. In April, security researchers discovered that Chinese hackers were exploiting VLC to distribute malware loaders that could spy on users and steal credentials.
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India banned over 100 apps and games linked to China in 2020, many of which were popular, including TikTok, PUBG, WeChat, Baidu, AliPay, and Sina News. The move came after rivalries between China and India over a Himalayan border turned violent.
However, blocking the official website for a PC app only prevents users from reaching the app's primary safe download location. Many will likely look for alternative download mirrors that might contain malware similar to the previous attacks.
ViaLAN fixed the issue that resulted in the attacks, rendering India's current prohibition meaningless. Alternate downloads might contain older versions of VLC Player that are still vulnerable.
Many web sites maintain safe and up-to-date downloads of popular PC software, including TechSpot, including in India. You may download VLC Player here for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.