Patanjali’s ‘Kimbho’ app a copycat of Bolo app

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Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarwala has finally stated on his official Twitter account that “Kimbho” app was in the trial stage whose technical work is in progress and will be officially launched soon in the market. Kimbho is the Sanskrit term for “How are you? What’s new?”

The app was speculated to throw a tough competition to Facebook-owned WhatsApp, claim experts. The trial version of the app had more than one million downloads the moment it went live in the Google Play Store. Couple of days back, Baba Ramdev has also launched its first ever Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards in association with state run telecom operator BSNL.

While launching the app, SK Tijarawala tweeted, “Now Bharat will speak. After launching sim cards, Ramdev has launched a new messaging application called Kimbho. Now WhatsApp will be given a competition. Our own #SwadeshiMessagingplatform. Download it directly from Google Play store.”

Due to data security concerns and massive complaints by the users over security the app was removed from Google Play Store. Tijarawala then tweeted “Patanjali had put Kimbho app for one day trial on Google Play store and in just 3 hours 1.5 lakh people downloaded it. We are grateful for this encouraging response. Technical work is in progress and #KIMBHO APP will be officially launched soon.”

Elliot Alderson, the renowned French security researcher has immensely criticized the app and on his Twitter he called the app as “security disaster.”

He shared a screenshot on Twitter suggesting that Kimbho app stores user data in easily readable. Calling the app a “joke” and a “security disaster,” he wrote that he was able to access the messages of all users. He also showed in a video how easy it was “possible to choose a security code between 0001 and 9999 and send it to the number of your choice,” as pointed out NDTV.

The app was also criticized for building on another app, known as Bolo, pointed by a Twitter user. At various places, the “Bolo” logo is not even removed in the “Kimbho” app. Even the description page of the app is exactly the same.

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