It’s a warning to take yourself seriously, especially for TikTok influencers. It’s just that there’s a new threat out there that can steal accounts and do worse. In fact, the system is so well positioned because it points directly to accounts with many followers.
TikTok: Threat Can Wipe Out Influencers’ Accounts!
This discovery was made by investigators from Abnormal Security, who reported two peaks of high activity. The first on October 2nd and the second on November 1st. This gives us the clue that the next attack could happen within weeks.
But that’s not the only form of attack. The other is talking about a verification icon that should be added to the account that will add even more credibility. Unsurprisingly, this is the form of attack that has produced the most results. Lots of people really want their account verified and fall for it.
In both cases, the attackers add a link to the email that is used to verify the account or to resolve the copyright infringement problem. However, instead of going to TikTok, they are directed to a conversation on WhatsApp. One of the people responsible for this scheme is trying to get people to reveal their data. Namely email address, phone and a unique code.
It is still unclear what criminals are trying to achieve with this plan. If, on the one hand, they manage to seize and terminate the account, the crime of extortion may be at stake, on the other hand. They steal the account and demand a ransom for it. Either way, it is a good idea to protect yourself and not reply to these emails or click any link. So you don’t have a headache.