|Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on November 15, 2022 at 3:15 PM|
An incredible story was brought to light by the Reuters agency with an exclusive report in which it says that thousands of smartphone apps on the online stores of Apple and Google contain code developed by the technology company, Pushwoosh, which said it was based in the United States, but she was actually Russian.
Pushwoosh's software was used in the US by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the main US agency for public health oversight, and also by the US military until recently.
They were then informed of its Russian origin and stopped using it for security reasons.
According to the company's published documents, Pushwoosh is a software development company based in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, employs people, and in 2021 reported revenues of 143 million rubles (or $2.4 million).
However, on social media and to US regulators, it presented itself as a US company based at various times in California, Maryland and Washington, DC, according to Reuters.
On its website, Pushwoosh says it does not collect sensitive information, and Reuters found no evidence that Pushwoosh mishandled user data. However, Russian authorities have forced local companies to hand over user data to domestic security services.
Pushwoosh founder Max Konev, responding to Reuters in an email, said his company did not try to hide its Russian origins.
"I am proud to be Russian and I would never hide that."
He added that his company "has nothing to do with the Russian government" and stores its data in the United States and Germany.
Cybersecurity experts said, however, that storing data abroad would not prevent Russian intelligence services from forcing a Russian company to give them access to that data.
Russia, whose ties to the West have soured since seizing the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and starting war in Ukraine this year, is a world leader in hacking and cyber-espionage, spying on foreign governments and industries to seek a competitive advantage. according to Western officials.
The Pushwoosh code was installed in the applications of a wide range of international companies, major non-profits and government bodies, from the global consumer goods company Unilever and UEFA, to the politically powerful US gun lobby the National Rifle Association, Britain's Labor Party in US military and US government agencies.
Pushwoosh's dealings with US government agencies and private companies could violate contract and US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) laws or attract sanctions, 10 legal experts told Reuters.
The FBI, the US Treasury Department and the FTC declined to comment.
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