A major TikTok security issue detected by Apple
TikTok, the popular social network owned by a Chinese tech giant, has been exposed for collecting user clipboard information.
IT Security experts have seen a code in the TikTok platform that allows the social media platform to read the text you copy and paste on your smartphone.
“ TikTok seems to have been caught abusing the clipboard in a quite extraordinary way,” Forbes Cyber Security Journalist Zak Doffman said.
Some cyber security experts suggested that the collection of clipboard data could expose highly sensitive user data, including passwords to apps and websites.
The ability of TikTok to take confidential information from the clipboard has been going on for some time.
The issue has been know on as recently as April, Doffman suggested.
“ At the time, TikTok owner Bytedance told me the problem related to the use of an outdated Google advertising SDK that was being replaced,” Doffman wrote in a piece last week.
“So it seems that TikTok didn’t stop this invasive practice back in April as promised after all. Worse, the excuse has now changed.”
Apparently the issues were blamed on Google and the network said it would fix the issue. It apparently did nothing until Apple Inc took notice with the latest iOS version.
“Now Apple’s welcome iOS 14 security and privacy changes have caught them red-handed still doing something they shouldn’t,” Doffman said.
TikTok says it has now stopped looking at user clipboard data, telling The Telegraph it has resolved the issue.
More updates soon.
The Sydney News Authors