TikTok is involved in yet another controversy: security firm Check Point Research found that the app had a huge vulnerability that allowed hackers to hack user accounts using a simple text message. Experts warned the platform developer, China's ByteDance, in December, and apparently the bug has already been fixed.
The vulnerability used a short video application site system and allowed hackers to send text messages pretending to be TikTok but bringing malicious links rather than official download addresses. According to Check Point Research, the scam could be used to hack into the account, steal private profile information and also alter posts such as viewing and posting private videos.
The only noticeable difference between fake messages sent by TikTok is the link. (Source: Check Point / Playback)
TikTok issued a statement saying that the bug was not used by malicious agents and the warning from Check Point allowed the security issue to be resolved before any users were affected. ByteDance also said it is willing to work with security experts to address "zero day" vulnerabilities that are found and resolved before hackers exploit them.
"TikTok is committed to protecting user data. Like many organizations, we encourage responsible security researchers to disclose zero-day vulnerabilities to us," said a spokesman for the social network. "Prior to disclosure, Check Point agreed that all reported issues were fixed in the latest version of our app."
Because the vulnerability was reported and fixed last year, all users need to do to protect themselves is to update TikTok to its latest version, available for download from the TikTok stores. Android and iOS. Considering the popularity of the app, however, the tip is that users always be cautious, as the platform is constantly targeted by hackers. Last year scammers were using adult content to lure unsuspecting and steal data and even money.
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