Considering the personal nature of the leaked information and its source, the hack could also open victims to blackmail schemes.In a statement, California-based Friend Finder Networks Inc., which owns Adult Friend Finder and about 20 other dating sites, said it had "just been made aware of a potential data security issue" and that it had begun working with law enforcement and cybersecurity forensics firm Mandiant, part of Fire Eye."Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to determine with certainty the full scope of the incident, but we will continue to work vigilantly to address this potential issue and will provide updates as we learn more from our investigation," the statement said.A Tik Tok spokeswoman said the Byte Dance-owned company has pulled down all the accounts mentioned in the report and relies on a mix of technology and user reports to quickly identify accounts that violate its rules against defrauding or misleading users on the platform."Tik Tok has strict policies safeguarding users against fake, fraudulent or misleading content," a company spokeswoman said in a statement."We flag and remove most spam accounts before they can reach users' feeds, and we continuously improve our protections, even as malicious actors work to evade our safeguards."Tik Tok declined to say how many fake accounts are on the platform or how prevalent the scams outlined in the report are. Raphael’s Singles is a diocesan-wide Catholic ministry for adult singles age 40 who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married.
Eventually, scammers would lead users to links to adult dating sites.
In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users’ computers.
Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called “dark web” sites.
Sometimes, scammers would claim to be a fan account or a backup account for a popular Tik Tok user.
Other accounts sold followers and likes for Tik Tok accounts and other social media sites including Facebook, Instagram and Google-owned You Tube.