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Data on 530 mn users reported in leak 'scraped' before Sep 2019: Facebook

Facebook said a recently reported data leak affecting potentially 530 mn users stemmed from misuse of feature in 2019, and that the company had plugged the hole after identifying problem at the time

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(Reuters) - Inc on Tuesday said a recently reported data leak affecting potentially 530 million users stemmed from a misuse of a feature in 2019 and that the company had plugged the hole after identifying the problem at the time.

Business Insider reported last week that phone numbers and other details from user profiles were available in a public database. said "malicious actors" had obtained the data prior to September 2019 by "scraping" profiles using a vulnerability in the social media service's tool to sync contacts.

The company said it identified the issue at the time and modified the tool.

"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," said in a blog post.

 

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Chris Reese)

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First Published: Wed, April 07 2021. 07:41 IST
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