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Serious TikTok Security Risks

App Collects Excessive & Concerning Amounts of Data

Forbes has reported a serious security risk associated with the popular social media app TikTok. When users enter a website through a TikTok link, the app will insert specialized code that can monitor keystrokes and access clipboard content. This allows for the capturing of user data, passwords, usernames, activities, and even credit card information if purchases are made.

This revelation comes during the height of current security concerns with the highly popular app (Google Play Store reports over 1 billion downloads) primarily stemming from government bodies and military organizations.  In July, a report by Australian-US security firm Internet 2.0 published findings indicating that the app collects ‘excessive’ and ‘concerning’ amounts of data from its users. The capabilities range from user contact lists, calendar appointments, and even the ability to scan hard drives and geolocate registered devices.

GreyCastle Security suggests that in order to protect organizations from potentially sensitive information disclosure, users should be restricted in their ability to download and install the TikTok app on any organization-owned devices. This includes both corporate issued phones as well as laptop and desktop computers. Organizations should also educate personnel on the potential security risks of having TikTok installed on their personal devices.

To read more about this and other current cyber threats, visit this week’s GreyCastle Security’s Threat Intelligence Briefing.

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