The Latest Security Flaw found in the TikTok App Supports the Governments Belief that the app is a National Security Threat
Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Suspicions are rising that TikTok is a Spy tool for the Chinese Government as the U.S. Navy bans it as a Cybersecurity Threat." U.S. Senator Josh Hawley tweeted last month that TikTok is a China-backed company required by Chinese law to share Americans’ data with the Chinese Communist Party. A new cybersecurity flaw was recently discovered by the firm Check Point.
CNBC reports that Cybersecurity firm Check Point said it found flaws that could allow hackers to take control of TikTok accounts and manipulate the content, upload and delete videos and reveal personal information such as a private email address.
It comes amid heightened scrutiny of the Chinese-owned platform. The findings will add fuel to arguments, particularly from U.S. politicians, that TikTok — owned by Chinese company ByteDance — is a national security threat.
The CNBC report further noted that the security patch that TikTok applied due to the "Check Point" discovery is unlikely to allay concerns of U.S. lawmakers who have said the app could be a national security threat. TikTok is also the subject of a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, national security review into its acquisition of Musica.ly, an app it bought in 2017.
The inquiry stems in part from the dangers the committee perceives from the Chinese government’s access to the app’s data and user profiles, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC last year.