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Facebook Dishes On Epic Facepalm User Data Leak, Says Initial Breach Occurred In 2019


Over the last week, we have reported on a Facebook data leak that released phone numbers, emails, date of birth, names, and more, impacting nearly 533 million users. This leak occurred in 2019 but recently came to light as it was being spread online for free, and Facebook did not handle the situation well. The social media company has now released a blog post explaining what happened, but is that enough, or is Facebook trying to shift the blame?

Mike Clark, Product Management Director, penned a blog yesterday on Facebook's Newsroom explaining what was occurring with the leaked data. He stated that the data was not obtained through hacking but by "scraping it from [the] platform." Scraping is a method by which a malicious actor can use automated software to extrapolate information from a website like Facebook. Since the scraping was revealed nearly two years ago, Facebook took action ...


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