It has been reported that fake TikTok links are circulating on both SMS and WhatsApp that contain dangerous malware that can steal data from the user. The Maharashtra Cyber cell has released a warning about the fake links, which have been spotted on WhatsApp this week. An official from Maharashtra Cyber said the department had found that cyber-crooks were creating fake TikTok links containing malware that can steal data from the user.
Commenting on this, Christoph Hebeisen, director of security intelligence at Lookout, said
“When legitimate, popular channels to acquire a popular app are blocked for whatever reason, it presents an opportunity for malicious actors to lure victims by promising a way around the restriction. We have seen similar attempts to entice users to install malware in connection with the distribution of Fortnite for Android outside of Google Play as well as the geographically staggered release of PokemonGo. The removal of the TikTok app from both Google Play and the Apple App Store in India has created a similar situation. Users should limit their risk by only installing apps from the official app stores and using mobile security as an added layer of protection.”