TikTok faces cyber attack but only few celebrities and brands impacted

TikTok, the video-sharing platform that previously faced bans in the United States over data privacy concerns, encountered a cyber attack on a recent note. However, according to the company, the impact was minimal, primarily affecting a few brands and celebrities.

As a subsidiary of the Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok is actively working to mitigate risks and has made significant progress in recovering from the cyber incident.

Interestingly, the attack coincided with the former US President Donald Trump’s decision to join TikTok to communicate with his followers. Trump, who previously banned the platform in 2018 citing national security concerns, stated his intention to connect with supporters across various social media networks.

Regarding the attack, TikTok revealed that hackers targeted celebrities such as Paris Hilton, who have substantial followings. Fortunately, no data was compromised, as the platform’s authentication servers promptly detected and prevented any unauthorized access.

Notably, prominent figures like President Joe Biden and 3rd time consecutively elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also maintain TikTok accounts with significant followings.

Additionally, CNN fell victim to the attack when its TikTok account was compromised. However, the cyber criminals failed to access any data due to the platform’s robust security measures.

In today’s digital age, many individuals, particularly young women aged 13-43, utilize social media platforms to showcase their talents and skills. However, it’s essential to exercise responsible behavior and adhere to security protocols given the evolving cyber threat landscape.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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