TikTok recognizes exploit targeting high-profile accounts

TikTok says its security team is addressing an issue that allowed hackers to compromise several high-profile brand and celebrity accounts on its video platform, including those of Paris Hilton, CNN and Sony. The ByteDance-owned video app maker did not provide any information about the nature of the attack or the company’s mitigation techniques, saying only that it had taken steps to stop the attack and prevent it from occurring in the future.

The malicious attack, as previously reported by Semafor and Forbes, appears to have involved malware transmitted through TikTok DMs (direct messages) and may have affected account owners’ ability to access their TikTok profiles. The hacker’s goals were not immediately clear, as none of the affected accounts had begun posting content. According to Semafor, CNN’s account was breached by a hacker last week, which required the account to be closed for several days. The news organization said it was working with TikTok on additional measures to ensure the account remained secure in the coming days, including during the US presidential election.

When contacted for comment, TikTok declined to share more details about the nature of the attack or its countermeasures, so as not to “warn” potential malicious actors.

“Our security team is aware of a possible exploit targeting several high-profile accounts,” a company spokesperson said. “We have taken steps to stop this attack and prevent it from happening again in the future. “We are working directly with affected account owners to restore access, if necessary.”

The attacks come at a time when TikTok’s influence in the US is in doubt. Citing national security concerns, President Biden in April signed the bill that will force TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to sell the app or be banned from operating in the U.S. If ByteDance doesn’t sell, it will be illegal. that app stores distribute TikTok when the law goes into effect.

TikTok has since sued the US government over the law, which will stall the case in court for many months. Meanwhile, one of TikTok’s previous critics, Donald Trump, the first president to try to ban the app in the United States, has now turned to the app to campaign.

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