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TikTok security gap exposed users’ personal info for much of last year, report says


A security vulnerability on TikTok exposed users’ personal information to hackers during much of last year before the China-developed video app secured the gap in December, according to a report published Wednesday.

TikTok corrected the security weakness in December after the Israeli research firm Check Point alerted the app about the issue, according to researchers.

Check Point researchers said weaknesses in the app made it possible for hackers to take control of TikTok accounts, to send texts that appeared to be from TikTok and to reveal users’ private info including email addresses.

The researchers began their work in mid-2019 and alerted TikTok in November, Check Point spokesperson Ekram Ahmed told the Daily News. He said the application moved quickly to correct the gap and that users should download the latest version.

TikTok said it did not find any evidence of attacks or breaches after reviewing customers’ support records.

“TikTok is committed to protecting user data," Luke Deshotels, TikTok’s head of security, said in a statement. “Like many organizations, we encourage responsible security researchers to privately disclose zero day vulnerabilities to us.”

TikTok has faced concerns about its level of security in recent months. The Department of Defense directed the armed services to ask its members to purge the app from their phones in December.