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TikTok: Data leak exposes the privacy of its users

Popular app TikTok was involved in a security incident where users’ personal information was compromised due to a vulnerability in the platform.

Security compromised on TikTok

Israeli cybersecurity firm Imperva discovered a security breach in TikTok that allowed potential attackers to access users’ personal data by opening a link. This information includes device details, user information, viewing and search history, among others.

The vulnerability was due to a window message event handler that did not properly validate the origin of the message, making it easier to access sensitive data.

After detecting this problem, the cybersecurity company contacted TikTok, which quickly resolve the situation, thereby protecting its users.

Consequences for users and the platform

The leak of personal information on TikTok could have serious consequences for users and the platform as a whole. Exposed sensitive data could be used to conduct phishing attacks, blackmail, or even attacks on the devices of high-profile users.

The incident raises questions about the security of social networks and the importance of ensuring the protection of users’ personal information.

Lessons for the industry

This TikTok leak case shows how important it is for companies that provide social media services to take the security and privacy of their users seriously. The platform worked quickly to fix the problem once it was identified.

Imperva’s director of threat research, Nadav Avital, points out that “privacy and security on social networks depends largely on the companies that provide the service.” It is essential that these companies continue to work on improving security and protecting user information.

The leak of personal information on TikTok highlights the importance of security on social networks and the important role that companies play in protecting the privacy of users. This incident shows the need to improve security on all platforms and ensure the protection of personal data.

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