A few days ago, a hacker group known as “AgainstTheWest” published a post on a hacking forum claiming to have found security holes in TikTok and WeChat. However, despite what the group says, TikTok has officially denied all reports of hackers leaking source code and sensitive user data.
The original post by AgainstTheWest contains screenshots of a database allegedly belonging to TikTok and WeChat. Hackers claim that the 790GB database has more than 2 billion records, including user data, platform stats, program code, tokens, and more.
However, TikTok does not appear to be happy with the accusations. The company said in a statement Computer (Across the edge) that all the hackers group’s allegations are false. “This is an incorrect claim,” a company spokesperson said. According to TikTok, the source code shared on the forum is not related to the company’s platform.
This is an incorrect claim – our security team has investigated this statement and determined that the code in question is completely unrelated to TikTok’s backend source code, which was never integrated with WeChat data.
As the report pointed out, a security expert Troy Hunt (Who is the creator of HaveIBeenPwned) stated on Twitter that the TikTok data obtained by the hackers is valid. However, the database does not include sensitive data. Hunt claims that “some data is not important” because some of it comes from publicly accessible data.
At the same time, the security expert points out that the database obtained by the hackers contains some internal platform information. This information is not entirely useful, but if it is correct, it reveals that there is a security breach in TikTok.
TikTok under investigation
Both TikTok and WeChat are constantly targets for investigations because both platforms are Chinese. Earlier this year, an FCC commissioner asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from the App Store and Google Play. At the time, the FCC claimed that the social network was a “complex surveillance tool” for the Chinese government.
After that, TikTok committed to changing how it manages data from users residing in the United States to avoid a ban.
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