said on Tuesday (6) that the
533 million users of social network
it was not due to an invasion of the system. According to the company, the information was stolen using a technique known as scraping
Mike Clark, director of the social network, said in a publication that “malicious agents” compiled data that was public on the Facebook
before September 2019.
According to her, the scraping “often relies on an automated program to extract public information from the internet, which can then be distributed in forums” of hackers
. In such cases, the cybercriminals
develop systems to capture data that is already available, without actually breaking into databases
In case of Facebook
, you Dice
they were public because of a tool from the social network itself that allowed users to find friends from the contact list. This feature exposed cell phone numbers
users and, in 2019, the error was corrected. “The specific problem that allowed this data to leak in 2019 no longer exists,” says Facebook.
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