Another Zuckerberg Broken Promise: Facebook Personal Info Of 14 Million People Seen By Hackers
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s promises to protect the personal information of users was compromised yet again as the personal info of 14 million users was hacked by persons unknown, reports NBC News.
Facebook released new details on Oct. 12:
[T]he attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that existed between July 2017 and September 2018. The vulnerability was the result of a complex interaction of three distinct software bugs and it impacted “View As,” a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else…
For 14 million people, the attackers accessed the same two sets of information, as well as other details people had on their profiles.
This included username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches.
For 1 million people, the attackers did not access any information.
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Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said federal laws are needed to secure people’s privacy (which Facebook has consistently opposed), notes NBC News:
With each new, high-profile privacy breach, it’s ever-clearer that Congress needs to establish some guardrails for social media platforms to protect consumer data while encouraging American innovation.