An online hacking group published images of a database that they claim has TikTok’s source code and user details (via Bleeping Computer). TikTok has denied reports that it has been hacked. According to TikTok, the company found no evidence that its security had been compromised.
Based on Bleeping Computer, There was a hacker forum where images of the alleged database were posted. According to them, they obtained the data from a TikTok server. There is a claim that data from users is stored on the server in the amount of 2 billion records and 790GB. More information about platform statistics and code.
In a statement to The Verge, “TikTok spokesperson Maureen Shanahan confirmed that all the samples are publicly accessible and have not been compromised with TikTok systems, networks, or databases”. “It is not necessary for users to take any proactive action, and our global community remains safe and secure.”
Data that was “stolen” from the platform appears to have been public information. According to Troy Hunt, Microsoft’s regional director and creator of Have I Been Pwned, the hackers’ data is “inconclusive,” but could be “non-production or test data” that wasn’t compromised.
In addition to obtaining data from WeChat, the hacker group calls itself “AgainstTheWest.” The Verge reached out to WeChat for comment, but Hunt could not confirm whether the hackers’ database contained stolen information.
The Chinese parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, as well as WeChat, have been criticized for their ties to China. Recent reports that TikTok employees in China were accessing US users’ data have led the company to take several steps to address the issue, such as storing American data on Oracle’s US-based servers.