Alerting MILLIONS of TikTok users about the Tap of Terror hack that could have infected your device in seconds

CYBER fans have issued an alert about a TikTok vulnerability that may have allowed hackers to hijack people’s accounts.

In a blog post yesterday, researchers at Microsoft discovered a bug in the Android version of the app, which has 1.5 billion downloads.

A nasty virus targets TikTok users


A nasty virus targets TikTok usersPhoto credit: Getty

Fortunately, the “fatal” bug labeled CVE-2022-28799 is now fixed.

There is no evidence that attackers used it to break into accounts.

Had hackers exploited the software flaw, they could have accessed accounts with a single tap.

A malicious link may have been distributed via email or other online messaging services.

If the recipient tapped the link, their account would have been compromised instantly.

From there, crooks could have posted private videos, sent messages, and uploaded videos on behalf of victims.

“The vulnerability allowed the app’s deep link verification to be bypassed,” Microsoft wrote in a blog entry On Wednesday.

“Attackers could force the app to load an arbitrary URL into the app’s WebView, which would then allow the URL to access the JavaScript bridges attached to the WebView and grant attackers functionality.”

The bug was discovered by Microsoft’s 365 Defender Research Team, who reported it to TikTok.

TikTok later fixed the issue and it is not believed that any accounts were compromised.

“The vulnerability … has been fixed and we have found no evidence of exploitation in the wild,” Microsoft said.

TikTok confirmed that there was “no evidence” the glitch was exploited by bad actors.

It underscores the importance of thinking twice before clicking on a link sent from an unfamiliar email address or phone number.

If you’re not sure who sent you something, it’s best to take a moment to make sure it’s safe.

You can do this with link checking services such as Norton SafeWeb.

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If you think you’ve been sent a malicious link or file, report the sender and delete the message immediately.

You should also always make sure that your smartphone and apps are up to date with the latest software.

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