December 8, 2023

TikTok has denied a claim of a breach after a hacker claimed to have obtained both user data and source code.

A hacker called as “AgainstTheWest” claimed to have breached TikTok on Breach Forums on Sept. 3 and stolen data from the Chinese instant messaging app WeChat as well. The hacker shared screenshots of alleged databases belonging to the companies and claimed they contained 2.05 billion records of more than 790 gigabytes.

“This is an incorrect claim our security team investigated this statement and determined that the code in question is completely unrelated to TikTok’s backend source code, which has never been merged with WeChat data,”

TikTok Statement

TikTok confirmed the presence of some data, adding that it could not have been a result of direct scraping of its platform.


Breach Forums, a successor site to the now shut-down RaidForums, has banned AgainstTheWest for “lying about data breaches.”

The claim that Tiktok was breached comes after the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team wrote on Aug. 31 about a vulnerability in the TikTok Android application that could have allowed attackers to compromise user accounts.

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