TikTok foils cyberattack targeting high-profile accounts, including CNN

This photograph taken on April 11, 2024, in Paris, shows the logo of the Chinese social network application TikTok Lite. Photo: AFP

TikTok announced on Tuesday that it successfully thwarted a cyberattack aimed at high-profile accounts, including CNN’s.

The social media giant confirmed that the number of compromised accounts was minimal and that it has reinforced its defenses against the hackers’ tactics.

“We have taken measures to stop this attack and prevent it from happening in the future,” a TikTok spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry. “We’re working directly with affected account owners to restore access, if needed.”

While TikTok did not disclose specific details about the exploit, media reports suggested that the attack involved a direct messaging feature. The issue was brought to TikTok’s attention by CNN.

“We have been collaborating closely with CNN to restore account access and implement enhanced security measures to safeguard their account moving forward,” the spokesperson added.

Semafor first reported the incident, noting that CNN’s account was compromised last week, leading the network to suspend its TikTok presence for several days.