TikTok denies that a data breach put its users in danger. Despite denials, it's unclear whether the company's user base is at risk
The internet is rife with rumors of a probable data breach that could put the personal information of over one billion people at danger.
TikTok has responded to the allegations by stating that they are false; nonetheless, cybersecurity professionals and others are investigating the claims.
On September 2nd, 2022, a hacker group known as "AgainstTheWest" claimed to have breached TikTok on a hacking forum
Shortly after, cybersecurity firms began to speak out about the possible breach, with BeeHive CyberSecurity tweeting that "there may be fallout" in the coming days.
Soon after, cybersecurity firms began to speak out about the alleged intrusion, with BeeHive CyberSecurity tweeting that "there may be ramifications."
Days before the alleged hack, Microsoft discovered a vulnerability in TikTok's Android version that "may lead to one-click account hijacking."
A vulnerability like this would make it very easy for a hacker to compromise the account of a specific TikTok user.
While most people are unfamiliar with WeChat, it is extremely popular in China. In fact, it is the most widely used social media platform in the country.
Nearly 1.2 billion Chinese people use the platform. As with TikTok, it's unclear whether WeChat was compromised; even security experts disagree.