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image caption, Paris Hilton’s TikTok account was targeted in a cyber attack.

  • the author, Annabelle Liang
  • the role, Business reporter

TikTok says it is addressing a cyber attack that targeted brands and celebrities including Paris Hilton and CNN.

However, the video-sharing app told the BBC that a “very limited” number of accounts had been compromised.

It added that it is working with customers to restore access to their accounts.

TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, did not share further details about the cyber attack, such as how it was carried out.

A TikTok spokesperson said Miss Hilton’s account had been targeted, but had not been compromised.

The reality TV star, who has more than 10 million followers on TikTok, is an active user of the platform.

However, news broadcaster CNN’s account has been compromised.

“We are working closely with CNN to restore access to the account and implement better security measures to protect their account moving forward,” TikTok said.

“We are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the platform and will continue to monitor any further unauthorized activity.”

CNN did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

image caption, According to TikTok, CNN’s account was compromised.

The news comes as TikTok faces a ban in the US, unless it is sold by its Chinese parent company.

TikTok has millions of users around the world, but has faced questions over the security of user data and its ties to the government in Beijing.

It is also emerging as a new social media battleground for US elections.

Trump, who has amassed more than 5 million followers since launching his account on Saturday, said he would use “every tool available to speak directly to the American people.”

President Joe Biden is also using the platform to campaign for re-election in November, but he’s only picked up about 350,000 followers — far fewer than his rival.

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