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Russian Code Found in US Army, CDC Apps   The Online You: Internet Life

Started Dec-6 by WALTER784; 55 views.

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Russian Code Found in US Army, CDC Apps

Everyone thought Pushwoosh was a US company, not a Russian entity operated from Siberia with its code embedded in 8,000 mobile apps.

By Matthew Humphries
November 14, 2022

A Russian company offering data processing services for apps has deceived many international companies by presenting itself as a US entity. The company is called Pushwoosh Inc., and its Russian origins were uncovered by Reuters(Opens in a new window).
A quick check of Pushwoosh's social media channels reveal a company claiming to be located in Washington, D.C. on Twitter, and Maryland on Facebook and LinkedIn. On the company's YouTube channel it boasts of 80,000 clients including Unilever, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, FIBA, Sport1, and SPAR.
US regulatory filings by the company don't mention Russia, this includes eight annual filings made in Delaware. It has also been confirmed that Pushwoosh's founder, Max Konev, is using the email address of a friend based in Maryland to handle business correspondance.
In reality, Pushwoosh is a Russian company with headquarters in Novosibirsk, Siberia. It employs around 40 people and revenue last year amounted to roughly $2.4 million. It's also registered to pay taxes to the Russian government, and is therefore subject to the same rules as other Russian companies—notably the sharing of user data with the Russian government upon request.
Most worrying of all is the company's association with US government agencies. A US Army app used as an informational portal at the National Training Center by troops contained Pushwoosh code, but was removed due to "security issues" earlier this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admitted it thought Pushwoosh was a US company and has now removed the company's code from multiple public-facing apps. Others, including UEFA and Unilever, relied on third parties to create apps for them which ended up containing Pushwoosh code.

Russian Code Found in US Army, CDC Apps | PCMag



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Security issues? They didn’t think to alert the public?