Hacktivist Anonymous urges the public to delete TikTok

Anonymous, a well known hacktivist group, has released a statement through an affiliated Twitter account, @YourAnonCentral, warning the public regarding the security concerns of TikTok.

“Delete TikTok now; if you know someone that is using it explain to them it is essentially malware operated by the Chinese government running a massive spying operation.”

– YourAnonCentral via Twitter

A screenshot of a Reddit post was presented that claimed to have reverse-engineered the app and have listed the data collected by TikTok from its users.

  • Phone hardware (including CPU Type, number of course, hardware IDs, screen dimensions, DPI, memory usage, disk space, etc.)
  • Other apps installed on the device (including deleted apps)
  • Network-related information (such as IP, local IP, router MAC, your MAC, WiFi access point name)
  • Whether the device is rooted/jailbroken
  • GPS pinging every 30 seconds
  • And a local proxy server on your device for transcoding media

But this is not the only story here for Anonymous was also misrepresented on the app, as there has been a fake account set up. 

 “Anonymous has no TikTok account” and that the app is “created as spyware by the Chinese government.”

– Anonymous

TikTok has not yet commented on the allegations. Furthermore, there is also no confirmations yet regarding the Reddit post’s authenticity.

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  1. If that is true about Tik-tok then it really proves that we are no longer considered the social media entertainments a safe place/ platform to enjoy our leisure time.


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