TikTok denies security breach after hackers claim to have records of more than a billion users

TikTok has denied a security breach after posts on hacking forums claimed the app’s source code and account details of potentially billions of people had been compromised. In a statement published on Twitter, the company said it “found no evidence of a breach” after investigating the claims. The company also announced this BloombergUK that the source code allegedly posted by the hackers “is completely independent of TikTok’s backend source code.”

Following a post on a hacking forum, claims of a possible breach circulated in the security community Having a database of more than two billion entries on TikTok and WeChat accounts. The hacking group claimed to have received the TikTok recordings from an insecure cloud server.

However, the alleged hacker published a sample of the TikTok data, as security researcher Troy Hunt announced , it contained data that was already in the public domain and therefore “could have been constructed without breaking”. Hunt running the haveibeenpwned service, Overall, the data were “rather inconclusive”.

While TikTok has strongly denied any breach, the information in the database could have come from other sources. As Beeping computer it could be the result of a data broker or other third party removing publicly available data from the service.

Claims of a security breach come just days after Microsoft researchers found a “high-severity vulnerability” in TikTok’s Android app that was putting millions of accounts at risk. Microsoft said the vulnerability was fixed less than a month after TikTok was made aware of the issue in February 2022. TikTok has long had questions about what user data is shared with parent company ByteDance. The company said last month that Oracle would review its content moderation algorithms and systems to address concerns.

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