SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A popular messaging app that enables users to chat by video or text message is actually a secret spying tool for United Arab Emirates, according to American intelligence officials and a New York Times investigation.
The app known as ToTok was installed on phones, it allowed UAE intelligence officials to track conversations, appointments, sounds, images and more, according to the investigation.READ MORE: 'I Am A Gold-Collar;' Driverless Tesla Backseat Rider Basks In Social Media Notoriety As He Flaunts His Wealth
The name is remarkably similar to the popular Chinese app, TikTok, but the apps are not related.
Since its launch earlier this year, ToTok has been downloaded from the Apple and Google app stores by millions of users worldwide.READ MORE: SCU President Kevin O'Brien Resigns Following Investigation Into Inappropriate Behavior
Despite blocking WhatsApp and Skype, the UAE allowed ToTok, promising “fast, free and secure” messages and calls, according to The Verge.
Anyone who has installed the ToTok on their phone, should delete it immediately.MORE NEWS: Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Approves Rate Increase
Both Google and Apple have removed the app from their stores.