Skip to comments.Report: Apple Caught China-Owned TikTok Spying on Millions of iPhone Users
Posted on 06/27/2020 12:43:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
A report published on Friday suggests that the megapopular China-owned social media application TikTok was spying on users through a vulnerability in the latest version of Apples iOS smartphone firmware.
According to a report by Forbes, the popular social media platform TikTok may have been spying on millions of users by spying on data copied to their iPhones clipboard through a vulnerability in the latest iOS smartphone firmware.
The vulnerability, which allows application developers to access a users clipboard, data was modified on June 23 by Apple. Now, users will be prompted with a notification when an application gains access to their clipboard data.
A representative from TikTok told Forbes that the issue occurred as a result of a feature that was implemented to prevent spam on the platform.
According to TikTok, the issue is now triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior, and has told me that it has already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion. In other words: Weve been caught doing something we shouldnt, weve rushed out a fix.
TikTok claims that the clipboard access issues were triggered by an older version of the Google advertising SDK.
The clipboard access issues, the TikTok representative added, showed up due to third-party SDKs, in our case an older version Google Ads SDK, so we do not get access to the information through this (presumably they do but we cannot speak to that). We are in the processes of updating so that the third-party SDK will no longer have access.
Breitbart News reported at the beginning of June that children spend almost as much time on TikTok as they do on YouTube. The report revealed that children approximately 80 minutes on each application...
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Is there anyone who is NOT spying on us?
Good thing only TikTok exploited the vulnerability
I’m not ... honest. Would I lie?
These are one of the times I’m glad I have a stupid phone.
So we have a Communist Chinese entity interfering in a US election by trying to sandbag Trump and engaging in espionage. Where’s the outrage? The Democrats are cheering these people on.
This came out a few days ago: https://www.boredpanda.com/tik-tok-reverse-engineered-data-information-collecting/
TikTok might not meet the exact criteria to be called Malware, but its definitely nefarious and (in my humble opinion) outright evil, Bangorlol said. Theres a reason governments are banning it. Dont use the app. Dont let your children use it. Tell your friends to stop using it. It offers you nothing but a quick source of entertainment that you can get elsewhere without handing your data over to the Chinese government. You are directly putting yourself and those on your network (work and home) at risk.
Think of this: If it’s free that means YOU ARE THE PRODUCT THEY ARE SELLING!
Tik Tok was behind the rally fraud for Trump’s rally.
Yeah, I can’t think of a single useful thing that a TikTok user would have for any Government spying on them.
Surprised? How many other Chicom products spy on us?
Meantime, though, here’s a memo to the rest of the planet: DON’T USE ANY SOFTWARE FROM CHINA!
Facebook has sold your data to China.
Not directly related to your post however, for some reason, as a Christian, the apple company logo has always made me just a bit uncomfortable for some reason. I know that sounds a little like something a Karen would say but still...I know the conventional story but always thought that logo was a little odd.
Xi again? or FauXi too. or Gates too.
How does this get by Apple? Are we supposed to believe they didn’t see this d0pe call to the Clipboard?
Anyone who willingly uses this app is a fool.
I thought Apple had a strict process to approve apps on its website?
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