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Facebook won’t tell you if you’re part of massive data breach

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Facebook is in no mood to notify those who were affected by a massive data breach involving 533 million users, including over 61 lakh Indians.

The company, however, said that it has “made changes to the contact importer” to stop the scraping of the data which is old.

“We have teams dedicated to addressing these kinds of issues and understand the impact they can have on the people who use our services. It is important to understand that malicious actors obtained this data not through hacking our systems but by scraping it from our platform prior to September 2019,” Facebook said in a statement this week.

Scraping is a common tactic that often relies on automated software to lift public information from the internet that can end up being distributed in online forums like this.

“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,” the company said.

The company said that it believes the data in question was scraped from people’s Facebook profiles by malicious actors using its contact importer prior to September 2019.

This feature was designed to help people easily find their friends to connect with on our services using their contact lists.