TikTok Pro or Malware? Officials warns users to avoid unverified links as they can steal your data
New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: The government banned 59 apps which included prominent apps like TikTok, Likee, Shareit, Shein, UC Browser, Club Factory, and others to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s ‘sovereignty and security’.
Amid the ban, many scammers are trying to take advantage of people by disseminating fake links and luring out them. Over the past few days, many people are taking to Twitter to share their concerns on a new malware scam which is claiming that TikTok is back as TikTok Pro. The fake link is reportedly disseminating over WhatsApp and SMS.
The social networking site, TikTok was largely popular among Indians. India stood in second place after China when it came to active followers. As of last year, it was estimated that there were 120 million monthly TikTok users in India. Since the lockdown, more people had subscribed to it. However, the sudden banned put an end to Indian’s source of entertainment.
A man from Hyderabad took to twitter to share the new scam that has been doin rounds now. He wrote, “Dear sir @hydcitypolice @CYBTRAFFIC @cpcybd Some of my friends got some notifications from online about TikTok pro app, in that there is an URL link once we click on that URL that message has been automatically forwarded to all of our phone contacts. Kindly find the attachments.” He also pinned some screenshots of the scam links.
Dear sir @hydcitypolice @CYBTRAFFIC @cpcybd— Purushotham gowd (@GowdPurushotham) July 4, 2020
Some of my friends got some notifications from online about tiktok pro app, in that there is an URL link once we click on that URL that message has been automatically forwarded to all of our phone contact. Kindly find the attachments. pic.twitter.com/nsrNh9tuOs
After some users downloaded TikTok Pro they complained that it forwarded a message with the APK download link to all the contact list the moment the app moment, which states the sign of malware. It might be spyware installed unknowingly on mobile phones.
To refrain people from using or opening the hacker’s sent scammed link, Maharashtra cyber cell took to twitter to aware people of the malware.
Later, the Telangana Police also warned netizens in a tweet to ‘not click’ on any unverified link. As these downloaded links steal personal information and use it as their own in a big scam or might even access account information.
Posted By: Talib Khan