The app TikTok has been forced to fix serious security flaws which could have allowed hackers to take control of users’ accounts and access sensitive info. The app now has more than a billion users around the world – despite being banned in China, where its parent company ByteDance is based. Cybersecurity experts at CheckPoint Research discovered two glaring security holes which allowed criminals access to private addresses, emails and date of birth. Hackers could also upload unauthorized videos, delete users’ videos and switch videos from private to public. CheckPoint made TikTok aware of the weaknesses and the vulnerabilities were fixed in the latest app update. Users are now being encouraged to update their app to ensure they are fully protected.
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