With 732 million users worldwide, TikTok, a trending video-sharing platform, is one of today's most popular social media networks. During the lockdown, the app's short and amusing videos drew a lot of attention, but it was not long before cybercriminals took advantage of TikTok's fame for their own gain.
According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, TikTok was the most impersonated app in Covid-19 related to Android app scams in the first half of 2021. There were a total of 88 TikTok copy-cat apps detected spreading FakeApp malware.
Malicious applications impersonating organizations that give out free laptops to students were also highly prevalent. There were 37 bogus Android laptop registration applications detected in H1 2021.
The third spot on the list is occupied by apps impersonating vaccine registration channels. Overall, 14 such malicious applications were found in the first half of this year.
• 88 fake Android TikTok apps were detected in H1 2021, making it the most often forged app linked to Covid-19 scams.
• Next up are applications impersonating organizations that give out free laptops to students with 37 malicious laptop registration apps found in H1 2021.
• Apps impersonating vaccine registration channels occupy the third spot, with 14 such apps detected in H1 2021.
• The majority — 35.9% of covid-related cyberthreats affected the United States in H1 2021, followed by Germany (18.9%), Colombia (10.5%), Italy (3%), and Spain (2.5%).