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Richard R. Pope
 

Hello all,
I just learned about this and it needs to be spread far and wide. For all of you folks who use cell phonesthat have had Apps installed on them you need to check if you have installed an App called ToTok. If you have you need to immediately delete this App. You will also need to cancel your Credit Cards and Change all of your Passwords. This is a very dangerous App. It is advertised as a messaging App but it is what is known as a Trojan Horse. It was published by the UAE and they use it to read everything that people write and send on their cell phones. EVERYTHING! Passwords, credit card numbers, pictures, love notes the whole works. It is estimated that as many as 10 million people in the US have installed this App and the number World Wide could run over 100 million people.
GOD Bless and Thanks,
rich!

Dan Cordova
 

The application is called "TikTok"

On Saturday, January 18, 2020, 02:35:20 PM PST, Richard R. Pope <mechanic_2@...> wrote:

Hello all,
    I just learned about this and it needs to be spread far and wide.
For all of you folks who use cell phonesthat have had Apps installed on
them you need to check if you have installed an App called ToTok. If you
have you need to immediately delete this App. You will also need to
cancel your Credit Cards and Change all of your Passwords. This is a
very dangerous App. It is advertised as a messaging App but it is what
is known as a Trojan Horse. It was published by the UAE and they use it
to read everything that people write and send on their cell phones.
EVERYTHING! Passwords, credit card numbers, pictures, love notes the
whole works. It is estimated that as many as 10 million people in the US
have installed this App and the number World Wide could run over 100
million people.
GOD Bless and Thanks,
rich!

bill K7WXW
 

The app is called Tik Tok. The application is owned by a Chinese company and has approximately 500 million active users, with 150 million in China. A lawsuit has been filed in California accusing the company of illegally mining personal data from devices on which the application has been installed, whether or not the user activates it. The lawsuit alleges that the application (along with musical.ly) gathers personally identifiable information along with lists of the apps, photos, videos, contact, location lists, email addresses, and IP addresses. It does not allege theft of passwords or credit card numbers, which are typically encrypted. The data gathered is the sort of stuff that advertisers love to buy but can also be used to track a user without their knowledge. The application also apparently has flaws that make it possible for hackers to divert the data gathered to non-company owned servers. The military has banned the use of TIk Tok and other apps like it on government-issued phones due to concerns about its vulnerabilities.

If you use google, facebook, whatsapp, instagram or almost any social media app, you have given permission to the application's owner to harvest much of this data already. While there are limitations are what personally identifiable information such apps can extract (and Tik Tok allegedly ignored these limitations), the "privacy" these limits provide is largely illusory, as discussed, for example, in a NYT article published on December 19, 2019. Do I trust social media companies like Facebook, Google, etc? Nope. Is Tik Tok doing anything they aren't doing? We will see but probably not, unfortunately.