Tik Tok Pushes Harder for Blockchain Despite Vulnerabilities in Core System

Geoffrey Gardiner  Jan 09, 2020 10:20  UTC 02:20

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Hundreds of millions of users are using Tik Tok, meaning that any breach of data could lead to severe vulnerabilities for users and the company.

Check Point, a cyber research company reviewed Tik Yoks app, and stated, “The vulnerabilities we found were all core to TikTok’s systems,” said Oded Vanunu, Check Point’s head of product vulnerability research."

Checkpoint Research published a list of problems found on Jan. 8, which included:

  • Hacking of TikTok user accounts and manipulating content
  • Deleting videos
  • Uploading unauthorized videos
  • Make private “hidden” videos public
  • Reveal personal information saved on the account such as private email addresses

Since then, Tik Tok has released new patches to try and solve the issues. But moving forward, there is a strong indication from ByteDance that blockchain could be a long-term solution to fight similar problems. 

Reported last December, Tik Tok Owning Company Bytedance has strongly started investing in blockchain technology with other Chinese Companies. 

With the above security flaws found in their app, allowing hackers to take control of user accounts, the social media giant has a significant task of correcting problems quickly and ensuring that new systems put in place can improve user protection. Security and account protection are the two main areas that ByteDance is aiming to solve, protecting users from malicious links and hackers uploading videos and media on their accounts. 

Data protection on social media are crucial elements for all data-heavy services; after Facebook's problems, it was clear that all privacy and policies must be created and held to high standards for users.

Moving further into 2020, the surrounding problems and investment made into blockchain shows a strong desire to design and improve security by ByteDance and, in turn, Tik Tok. 

With long term partnerships created and blockchain advancement in the works, it could be yet another strong year for the social media giant. 

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