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Facebook says data from 530M users was obtained by scraping, not hack


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Facebook is attributing a reported data leak with information on more than 530 million users to a vulnerability that it previously identified in 2019. Malicious actors exploited a Facebook feature by using a method of scraping, an often automated process of netting unsecured public data, the company said in a blog post. Facebook said it has since taken action to prevent further exploitation of this feature. 

"As a result of the action we took, we are confident that the specific issue that allowed them to scrape this data in 2019 no longer exists," Mike Clark, product management director for Facebook, said in Tuesday's blog post.

Personal information on hundreds of millions of Facebook users, including names, birth dates and phone numbers, was reportedly posted to a website for hackers. The data set contains information on 533 million users from 106 countries, according to ...


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