Cyber criminals promote the installation of TikTok Pro on WhatsApp, a malware designed to access the user’s personal data.
No doubt TikTok It is one of the most popular applications worldwide, and one of the ones that has experienced the highest increase in users in recent months. For this reason, and despite the fact that the United States government wants to ban the app, cyber criminals are taking advantage of it to cheat users in India who want to return to the platform with malware. Therefore, if you receive a TikTok message on WhatsApp, don’t click!
First, it should be noted that the short video platform is currently in the spotlight for its possible relationship with the Communist Party of China, including has been withdrawn from app stores in countries as important as India. Many users in that country want to have access to TikTok again, so they become an easy target for these cybercriminals, who have moved a malware called TikTok Pro by social networks and other applications, such as WhatsApp. A malware that is capable of stealing confidential data from the phone, so it is better not to fall into the trap.
The Maharashtra Cyber agency has shared through your official Twitter account the discovery of this malware. First of all, they highlight that TikTok Pro has similarities in appearance with TikTok, an app that was removed from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. along with 58 other Chinese apps in the month of June for security reasons in India. These cybercriminals are promoting TikTok Pro as an alternative to the original app, but in reality it is a malware designed to access the user’s personal data.
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TikTok Pro, a malware designed to access the user’s personal data
– Maharashtra Cyber (@ MahaCyber1) July 8, 2020
The same source also highlights that it is spreading an external link to download the application through a message on WhatsApp that says the following: “Enjoy TikTok videos and make creative videos again. TikTok is now only available in (Tiktok pro). Download here below. Link”. When downloading this malware, what happens is that the application request permissions for the camera, microphone and the image gallery, among other things.
Therefore, it is recommended do not click on this link or download any APK file of prohibited appsThey could be malware. At the moment this message has been discovered in India, a country that has vetoed TikTok, but it is not ruled out that in the future it may reach other territories. If you happen to receive this message, do not click on it, it is malware. Furthermore, you should also delete such messages and not forward them to other people. Finally, remember to always install applications from official platforms, such as the Google Play Store.
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