Google Suspends China's Pinduoduo App Due to Malware Issues

A view of a sign above the entrance of the Google office, ahead of presentation of the detailed investment plan for Germany, in Berlin, Germany, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
A view of a sign above the entrance of the Google office, ahead of presentation of the detailed investment plan for Germany, in Berlin, Germany, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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Google Suspends China's Pinduoduo App Due to Malware Issues

A view of a sign above the entrance of the Google office, ahead of presentation of the detailed investment plan for Germany, in Berlin, Germany, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
A view of a sign above the entrance of the Google office, ahead of presentation of the detailed investment plan for Germany, in Berlin, Germany, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Alphabet Inc's Google suspended the Play version of PDD Holdings Inc's Pinduoduo app after malware issues were found on the Chinese platform, a Google spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"The Off-Play versions of the e-commerce app that have been found to contain malware have been enforced on via Google Play Protect," the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the Play version of the app has been suspended for security concerns.

Google Play Protect scans all of the apps on Android phones and works to prevent the installation of malicious apps.

This comes soon after various efforts by the US government to bolster its cyber defenses amid a steady increase in hacking and digital crimes targeting the country.

The government recently announced a new cybersecurity strategy that named China and Russia as the most prominent cybersecurity threats to the United States.

PDD did not respond to Reuters request for comment.



Direct Int’l Communication Traffic via stc Network Increases by 81% During Hajj

stc Group said that it worked this year to increase the capacity of the data network. SPA
stc Group said that it worked this year to increase the capacity of the data network. SPA
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Direct Int’l Communication Traffic via stc Network Increases by 81% During Hajj

stc Group said that it worked this year to increase the capacity of the data network. SPA
stc Group said that it worked this year to increase the capacity of the data network. SPA

stc Group announced Monday that direct international communication traffic during this Hajj season increased by 81% from last year.
The use of social media applications increased by 65%, according to the group, with Snapchat, WhatsApp and Facebook taking the lead. These social media applications enhance the pilgrims’ digital experience and facilitates their connection with their families.
stc Group said that it worked this year to increase the capacity of the data network through partnerships with prominent global service providers such as BICs, Syniverse, and Orange to increase the speed and quality of communication.

The company also strengthened its network by spreading more than 1,900 Wi-Fi points to enhance communication between pilgrims and their families.

stc Group had in place a comprehensive plan for the Hajj season that included major improvements to infrastructure, and modern digital services to pilgrims, such as augmented reality (AR) glasses supported by AI and connected to 5G network, which provide pilgrims with information in several languages, and smooth moving from one place to another through interaction with AI applications.
It also enables them to locate their companions, and get information about the holy sites using voice commands.

The group provides a service that enables pilgrims to communicate with their families through cabins that support high-resolution and high-speed video calls, available to everyone.