Hackers Tricked TikTok To Show Fake COVID-19 Videos

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, most of the countries have imposed lockdown due to which people are forced to stay inside their homes as a safety measure. As a result, the number of active users on social networks has increased at a very fast rate. Due to the sudden increase in traffic has underlined some security issues on some networks.

Today, a duo of iOS developers known as Mysk has exploited a vulnerability in the video-sharing network TikTok. According to a report from Android Authority, this vulnerability on TikTok swaps content and shows fake COVID-19 videos. These two developers have performed a simple hack and made it possible to swap content through the less-secure HTTP protocol that TikTok uses. 

Mysk was able to swap videos published by verified accounts with fake ones and then show them to users in the local network. These developers simply posted fake COVID-19 information on the official account of the World Health Organization (WHO) on TikTok. These fake videos could also affect mental health during corona. Thankfully, all these actions were performed in a private environment, so, no real users have seen such fake videos. 

Mysk published a detailed description of the vulnerability on its blog. While both of these ethical hackers have exploited the issue only to highlight a security problem, malicious hackers might use this vulnerability for their dark purposes. The vulnerability affects the TikTok Android app version 15.7.4 and iOS app version 15.5.6. You can take a look at this vulnerability in a vide right below.

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