TikTok, the voice and voice application for Android and iPhone (iOS), has been used by criminals to deliver scams of various types, such as redirecting to adult content sites and buying followers. The information appears in a report released by the cybersecurity company Tenable on Wednesday (14). According to the document, the app is also full of fake famous accounts.
"Given TikTok's rise in popularity, it's no surprise that scammers became aware of it," said Satnam Narang, a researcher at Tenable. He says he started tracking scams at TikTok in March when the app surpassed the billions of installations, surpassing social networks like Facebook and Instagram. Remember that the platform is very popular, especially among children and teenagers in the US, for example, 60% of the application's 500 million users are 16 to 24 years. "So far, however, these scams seem to be in the early stages," he said.
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ByteDance, the company responsible for TikTok, said it removed all accounts mentioned in the Tenable report, but did not report the number of deleted profiles or how prevalent are the scams described in the document.
"TikTok has strict user protection practices against false, fraudulent or misleading content. We mark and remove most spam accounts before they reach the users' feed, and continually improve our security measures, even when malicious agents work to escape our protections, "said a company spokeswoman.
According to Tenable's report, one of the scams involved stealing videos that showed women dancing in bikinis or doing physical exercises, originally published on Instagram or Snapchat. Filming redirected the TikTok user to a Snapchat account, promising nude photos and videos.
Later, using those same profiles, scammers would take viewers to subscription pornographic websites, earning money with each click and signup of new "premium" members. According to the document, these fraudulent accounts would average 650 followers and receive more than 1,700 likes on their videos. The most popular profile discovered by Narang, for example, had more than 12,300 followers.
Another tactic used by criminals was to impersonate TikTok influencers or celebrities to deal scams. Promises of a rapid increase in followers for money were also among the recurring app scams.
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