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Facebook: ‘Malicious actors’ used its tools to discover identities and collect data on a massive global scale

Facebook: ‘Malicious actors’ used its tools to discover identities and collect data on a massive global scale (Washington Post)
Facebook said the scam likely hit most of its 2 billion users and helped hackers match email addresses or phone numbers from the so-called “Dark Web” to faces and names on Facebook.

The scam started when malicious hackers harvested email addresses and phone numbers on the so-called “Dark Web,” where criminals post information stolen from data breaches over the years. Then the hackers used automated computer programs to feed the numbers and addresses into Facebook’s “search” box, allowing them to discover the full names of people affiliated with the phone numbers or addresses, along with whatever Facebook profile information they chose to make public, often including their profile photos and hometown.