TikTok attacked by hackers to show the vulnerabilities of the social network
Despite the growing popularity of TikTok, the truth is that much is also said about the security dangers that it can bring to users.
To prove this, a group of hackers attacked the platform to expose the existing vulnerabilities in it.
Any social network or digital platform can have some security flaws, but TikTok has repeatedly been the target of some criticisms in this regard.
Hackers attack TikTok to show that the social network is vulnerable
Security experts Tommy Musk and Talal Haj Bakry discovered vulnerabilities in TikTok that allow hackers to share videos via a third-party account.
Musk and Bakry exemplified it by posting various videos through various popular accounts on the social network, including the official World Health Organization account. The shared content included a fake video about COVID-19 and, just for this example, we can see how unsafe can be the platform.
The problem in question is that TikTok uses the unencrypted HTTP protocol, instead of a more secure HTTPS. For this reason, and according to experts, owners of public Wi-Fi networks and government Internet and service providers can access the browsing history of any of the application's users.
In short, the fact of using the HTTP protocol, makes the social network more vulnerable to attacks by hackers.
Security experts were able to alter content and replace the videos posted by the original user with fake videos, through an attack on the network's DNS.
The videos were only replaced on the home network, not on the TikTok servers. That is, only users with access to the router will have access to the changes. Either way, Musk and Bakry believe that this vulnerability can be exploited on a larger scale, since hackers could break into popular DNS servers.
TikTok has been increasing in popularity day after day, and recently celebrated the billion downloads on the PlayStore. This popularity, obviously, has caused some concern to Facebook.