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(NPR)   How did we find out that over 500 million Facebook accounts were hacked? Well, it certainly wasn't because Facebook told anyone   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Asinine, Telephone, Telephone exchange, Telephone number, Telephone call, Authentication, Identity theft, Facebook, Federal Trade Commission  
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2021-04-10 10:46:49 AM  
First they gotta let you know about all that fake news and hoaxes and racist stuff and Russian bots and so on and so forth. There's only so many hours in a day.
 
2021-04-10 11:56:28 AM  
According to the spokesman, the company does not have complete confidence in knowing which users would need to be notified.

How about all of them?

He also said that in deciding whether to notify users, Facebook weighed the fact that the information was publicly available and that it was not an issue that users could fix themselves.

Because doing this for 530 million accounts is much easier than simply notifying all the accounts.

I'm wondering if the real reason behind this is because they know that many accounts may be fake or dormant and they don't want this to be revealed to the public.
 
2021-04-10 11:59:22 AM  
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2021-04-10 12:05:27 PM  
It sounds less like a breach and more like somebody abused a feature to accelerate the scraping of profile information.  That's assuming that it was public profile information.  None of the articles I've read have explicitly said that it was public or private.
 
2021-04-10 12:23:30 PM  
"It's serious when phone numbers are out there. The danger when you have phone numbers in particular is a universal identifier."

Lucky for me I ignored facebook while they consistently harassed me to give them my phone number so they could "secure my account".
 
2021-04-10 12:55:05 PM  
Krebs on security has a good article on this ~ https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/04/ar​e-you-one-of-the-533m-people-who-got-f​acebooked/#more-55179

They recommend going to the haveibeenpawned website https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check if your data was included.

Fark threw my links away so google for the article.
 
2021-04-10 3:45:31 PM  
I disabled but did not delete my account over 2.5 years ago. I doubt deleting my account would have fully erased my info from their databases anyway.
 
2021-04-10 4:08:39 PM  

edmo: First they gotta let you know about all that fake news and hoaxes and racist stuff and Russian bots and so on and so forth. There's only so many hours in a day.


FaceCrook

ZuckerBooger ought to be ashamed.  Hes smarter than that mess hes created.

Or maybe hes just another dweeb
 
2021-04-10 4:09:48 PM  

HighZoolander: "It's serious when phone numbers are out there. The danger when you have phone numbers in particular is a universal identifier."

Lucky for me I ignored facebook while they consistently harassed me to give them my phone number so they could "secure my account".


They wanted to secure your butthole so only they could fark it.
 
2021-04-10 4:10:56 PM  

oa330_man: Krebs on security has a good article on this ~ https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/04/ar​e-you-one-of-the-533m-people-who-got-f​acebooked/#more-55179

They recommend going to the haveibeenpawned website https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check if your data was included.

Fark threw my links away so google for the article.


Run Linux and dont give out information unless you have to
 
2021-04-10 4:58:39 PM  
And people still wonder why I have not ever had a Facebook account...
 
2021-04-10 8:54:13 PM  
"Phone numbers, full names, locations..."

So basically what you would find in the phone book back when everyone still had landlines.
 
2021-04-10 9:15:21 PM  
Facebook will now ask for your social security number, your medical care password, and your bank account numbers.  Then if they get hacked again, other more responsible operations will ultimately notify you when they discover unusual activity.
 
2021-04-11 4:45:27 AM  

BitwiseShift: Facebook will now ask for your social security number, your medical care password, and your bank account numbers.  Then if they get hacked again, other more responsible operations will ultimately notify you when they discover unusual activity.


They already do for brand new accounts. I tried to set up an alt account for paywalled articles & they wanted a photo ID & 180° facial pictures for verification.

Meanwhile, they let scammers through on IG just peachy. C-H_I_M-Ebank_187 is free to scam people whenever Chime does a promotion but reporting the account doesn't do anything because it "doesn't violate our Community Standards" within minutes of reporting the scammers. If you contest their decision, it actually comes back *faster* that the account is okay & you can't contest that decision.
 
2021-04-11 4:52:35 AM  
Also, I knew there was a data breach somewhere anyway. I have an alt account that's actually me for acquaintances but not actual friends. My Google Voice number (that I haven't actually used in 3 years except as a backup emergency number for medical stuff [bc fark ATT phone signal]) suddenly started getting payday loan spam texts last year.

My GrooVeIP number that was my spam-catcher app number for phone number required sites hasn't had a single text or call. So either my alt FB account got scraped, or a couple of previous employers did.
 
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