On April 3, report emerged that the data of more than half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries got leaked. Now representatives of the social network told about the reason for this incident.
â€œIt 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 2019â€ shared with the company. It is also reported that the security hole that led to the massive leak on April 3 is an old problem that was fixed by the companyâ€™s specialists back in 2019.
Recall that as a result of the leak, the names, locations, dates of birth, phone numbers and other personal data of 533 million users were posted on the hacker forum.
â€œItâ€™s a fallacy to think that a breach isnâ€™t serious just because it doesnâ€™t have passwords in it or other maximally sensitive data;â€ says Zack Allen, director of threat intelligence at the security firm ZeroFox. â€œItâ€™s also a fallacy to say that a situation isnâ€™t that bad just because itâ€™s old data. And furthermore, phone numbers scare the crap out of me as a form of authentication; which unfortunately is how theyâ€™re often used these days.â€