The CDC claims it was misled about the company’s origins
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The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed a Russian software company’s code from seven public apps, citing security concerns following an investigation, Reuters has reported.
The US health agency claims the company, which is called Pushwoosh, “presents a potential security concern” due to its Russian origin. CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said the firm misled the CDC into believing that it was based in the Washington, DC area.
Pushwoosh offers clients a communication platform that automates marketing campaigns and customer support by delivering messages across various devices and platforms. On its website, it claims to have 10 years of experience and over 80,000 clients worldwide.
According to Reuters, code created by the firm has been embedded into almost 8,000 apps in the Google and Apple app stores. The British news agency found no evidence that the company – which is headquartered in the Russian city of Novosibirsk – had mishandled user data in any way. But it implied that the Russian government may pressure Pushwoosh into doing so.