TikTok to White Hats: Hack Away

TikTok explained how it works with third-party researchers, often referred to as “white hat hackers,” to help find potential vulnerabilities on its platform.

Suhana Hyder and Ben Liu of TikTok’s global security team explained in a blog post that the company actively encourages efforts by these third-party researchers as part of its security strategy, adding, “When a security researcher spots a gap in our security and alerts us, we can fix it before it is exploited by a malicious actor.”

Policies and procedures for third parties who discover potential vulnerabilities within the TikTok platform and a means to report them can be found here, and the company may reach out for additional information.

Hyder and Liu said TikTok plans to expand its collaboration with third-party researchers in the coming weeks.

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