Has TikTok been hacked? Hacker claims to have stolen billions of user data

  • A hacker claims to have stolen a huge amount of TikTok users’ data
  • However, the social network denies any form of leakage
  • What do the experts say about the issue?

Hacker attack, illustration

Not so long ago, news began to circulate on the Internet that the social network TikTok became the target of a huge hacker attack. According to information server Bleeping Computer the news first appeared on a hacker forum, where, according to the claim, there should have been a massive leak of billions of platform users’ data and at the same time its source code. However, the claim could not be verified so far.

TikTok denies the data breach

The forum post was added by a user with a nickname AgainstTheWest, where he announced that through a vulnerability in the platform’s server, he obtained 790 GB of data, which contains personal data of users and the source code of the social network. TikTok itself has finally commented on the issue, saying it found no evidence of a data leak.

“We have confirmed that all the mentioned data is publicly accessible and that its leakage did not occur due to the compromise of TikTok’s systems, networks or databases,” the Chinese company said. She further said that users do not need to take any special measures as their data is and will remain secure.

TikTok social network

Social network TikTok, illustration | photo: Unsplash

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Specialists question the attack

The attack is also questioned by specialists in the field of cyber security, leaning towards the claims of the social network. But that doesn’t mean TikTok won’t suffer any consequences. As it has in the past, when Donald Trump tried to ban the platform, the network may come back under scrutiny.

This gossip could lead to a review of how the company handles its users’ data. It is not yet possible to judge whether there will really be greater controls on the Chinese social network, but it certainly cannot be ruled out. For the time being, we will have to wait for further possible information and impacts.

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