More than 530 million Facebook users have fallen victim to a hacker attack – including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Now the group announced that the stolen user data should only come from 2019.
News in the data leak scandal on Facebook: According to the social group, the stolen user data is out of date and dates back to 2019. Mike Clark, Product Management Director at Facebook, writes on the Corporate blog:
On April 3, Business Insider published a story saying that information from more than 530 million Facebook users had been made publicly available in an unsecured database. […] It is important to understand that malicious actors obtained this data not through hacking our systems but by scraping it from our platform prior to September 2019.
Clark further explains that scraping is a common method of filtering out public data that is available on websites. However, Facebook has now removed any technologies that allowed the platform to be scraped. Clark continues:
We believe the data in question was scraped from people’s Facebook profiles by malicious actors using our contact importer prior to September 2019. […] When we became aware of how malicious actors were using this feature in 2019, we made changes to the contact importer.
The Product Management Director also explains that the users themselves are responsible for the security of their data – the group has numerous for this Security and control features implemented in their own service.
Name, email address, telephone number: data from over 530 million users can be viewed publicly
Previously, the data leak on Facebook made headlines. In a hacker forum, cyber criminals published lists of personal data from over 530 million Facebook users. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was also affected by the leak.
Regarding the #FacebookLeak, of the 533M people in the leak – the irony is that Mark Zuckerberg is regrettably included in the leak as well.
— Dave Walker (@Daviey) April 3, 2021