Data breaches at Facebook and other tech giants have become all too frequent
A data breach affecting half a million Facebook users from 106 countries came to light in April this year. Malicious actors took advantage of a flaw in the system to obtain user IDs, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, names of workplaces, and dates of birth, account creation dates, and other confidential information. The data was then exposed on the dark web and allowed nefarious actors to use it for illicit means. Facebook says that hackers accessed user data through data scraping, which is a technique for transferring data from a website to a local file on a computer. In an internally leaked email, Facebook also stated that this particular flaw that allowed the hackers to scrape this information in 2019 no longer applies, and they expect such incidents to repeat in the future. The size of the breach and, more alarmingly, Facebook’s casual admittance that they are expecting more and more of these attacks places further scrutiny into just how safe our data is at these big tech giants and a permanent solution to these breaches if any?