Facebook is responsible for alleged data leaksThe company said in a blog post that the vulnerability was first identified in 2019. Malicious actors used the Facebook feature released in 2019. Facebook said that it has taken action to prevent further exploitation of the facility.
Facebook’s Director of Product Management, Mike Clarke, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday, “As a result of the action we took, we believe the specific issue in 2019 has not allowed them to eliminate this data.”
The personal information of millions of Facebook users, including names, dates of birth and phone numbers, was allegedly posted on a website for hackers. According to Business Insider, the data set contains information on 533 million users from 106 countries, who previously reported on its availability. The data appears to be years old, but can still provide valuable information to identity thieves and scammers.
Facebook said a vulnerability-causing technical flaw was found in the app’s ability to import contacts from the user’s phone. The caught data was first reported in January, after appearing for sale on Telegram. The dataset is now apparently available for free.
Users can search the breech-tracking website Have I Been Powered to check if a particular Facebook account was affected.