Expert Comment: TikTok Vulnerability Enables Hackers To Show Users Fake Videos

In response to a new report that reveals hackers are exploiting a security weakness in TikTok and planting fake videos in users’ feeds that appear to come from official sources, an expert from KnowBe4 offers perspective.

Experts Comments

April 16, 2020
Erich Kron
Security Awareness Advocate
KnowBe4
Anytime an internet application uses HTTP instead of HTTPS, there is a risk of the information being modified in a man-in-the middle attack. While this attack is possible, the risks are fairly low given the requirements needed to pull it off. You really should not be using TikTok as your source of important news without verifying its authenticity by going straight to the news media site to confirm it. It is critical that we teach people how to verify stories on legitimate websites,.....Read More
Anytime an internet application uses HTTP instead of HTTPS, there is a risk of the information being modified in a man-in-the middle attack. While this attack is possible, the risks are fairly low given the requirements needed to pull it off. You really should not be using TikTok as your source of important news without verifying its authenticity by going straight to the news media site to confirm it. It is critical that we teach people how to verify stories on legitimate websites, especially given the proliferation of misleading information in all areas of social media, especially during highly emotional times like this COVID-19 pandemic.  Read Less
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