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After Data Breach Exposes 530 Million, Facebook Says It Will Not Notify Users

Added 04-10-21 12:07:02am EST - “Facebook said that "malicious actors" scraped the data through a vulnerability that it fixed in 2019. But the publicly available data still leaves millions of users vulnerable, security experts say.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “After Data Breach Exposes 530 Million, Facebook Says It Will Not Notify Users”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The leaked data includes personal information from 533 million Facebook users in106 countries. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Facebook decided not to notify over 530 million Facebook users whose personal data was lifted in a breach sometime before August 2019 and was recently made available in a public database. Facebook also has no plans to do so, a spokesperson said.

Phone numbers, full names, locations, some email addresses, and other details from user profiles were posted to an amateur hacking forum on Saturday, Business Insider reported last week.

In response to the reporting, Facebook said in a blog post on Tuesday that "malicious actors" had scraped the data by exploiting a vulnerability in a now-defunct feature on the platform that allowed users to find each other by phone number.

The social media company said it found and fixed the issue in August 2019 and its confident the same route can no longer be used to scrape that data.

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