Anonymous is known for its high profile targets: Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan, ISIS and even NASA are just a few of those seemingly outed by the organisation in recent years.
Now though, the hacktivist collective has set its sights on TikTok, the viral video sharing app that has become somewhat of a staple for many in recent months.
Why? Well, according to the group, the app is allegedly a way for the Chinese government to conduct a worldwide spying operation. As though 2020 couldn’t get any more surreal.
‘Delete TikTok now,’ Anonymous’s official account tweeted yesterday, July 1. ‘If you know someone that is using it, explain to them that it is essentially malware operated by the Chinese government running a massive spying operation.’
The account linked to a story that has gone viral in recent days following a Reddit post from an engineer who claimed to have ‘reverse engineered’ TikTok earlier this year.
In that particular post, the engineer alleged to find a whole host of security and privacy breaches, stating: ‘They don’t want you to know how much information they’re collecting on you, and the security implications of all of that data in one place, en masse, are freaking huge.’
Delete TikTok now; if you know someone that is using it explain to them it is essentially malware operated by the Chinese government running a massive spying operation. https://t.co/J7N9FS7PvG
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) July 1, 2020
A statement from Anonymous read: