Facebook: Data breach of 533 million users wasn't a hack

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Facebook said Tuesday the breach was old data obtained via scraping — but the timeline it put forward in its explanation doesn't quite make sense.
Insider reported last week that data for 533 million Facebook users was published on a hacking forum.

Facebook said Tuesday the data was "scraped" sometime before September 2019.

The explanation it gave for what happened doesn't quite make sense.

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Facebook wants you to know that the leak of 533 million users' data on an online hacking forum wasn't a hack — or at least not a new one.

Insider reported on Saturday that 533 million Facebook users' personal details, including their names, email addresses, and phone numbers, had been posted to a low-level hacking forum.

Facebook posted a blog on Tuesday explaining why it had not disclosed the apparent breach.

Facebook said the data had not been obtained by hacking into its systems. Instead, it had been scraped off the platform at some point before September 2019.

"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," Facebook product management director Mike Clark wrote in the…
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