Alleged cyber attack on Tik Tok, the possibility of data leakage of more than one billion people
BEIJING: Cyber security researchers have warned that an alleged attempt to hack video-sharing app TikTok could expose the data of a billion people.
According to a foreign news agency, reports of the data leak first surfaced on a popular hacking forum in which hackers claimed to have accessed an unsecured server that contained the personal information of TikTok users.
The reports were confirmed after Microsoft issued a warning about the weak security of TikTok’s Android app, stating that attackers could access users’ accounts via a link.
The alleged hackers have claimed to have access to around 34 GB of data of TikTok users.
“We have to decide whether to sell it (the data) to us or release it to the public,” wrote user Against the Waste on the Breach Forums message board.
He further said that the data of about 1.37 billion accounts has been obtained. These accounts are from all over the world. This data contains a large amount of content from younger people.