Here we are again.
Another massive data rupture? Oh, just another Tuesday at Facebook.
Over half a billion users had their email, birthdate, geo-location and other personal data scraped. Apparently the data is “widely circulated and available for free”
I have no idea
(wait, that doesn’t sound right)
What I meant to say is...
Because Facebook left the barn door wide open again. They quietly patched the “vulnerability” (an understatement similar to when the captain of the Hindenburg said “I smell smoke”) in 2019 after having it brought to their attention.
The breach wasn’t public knowledge until CTO Alon Gal recently tweeted about it after seeing the stolen data on a hacking forum.
Thanks for nothing
As usual, Facebook shrugged and told users to change their info, but our birthdays and email addresses don’t often change. This leak makes users extra susceptible to hackers, marketers and scammers for years to come.
I know I’m a broken record on this, but we need to regulate the f*ck of out Facebook. Plus, saving democracy and humanity will be happy bonuses to wiping that smirk off Victor Frankenstein *I mean* Mark Zuckerberg’s face.
A hopeful possibility
Recent rumblings from the Supreme Court discussed regulating big tech similar to utility companies. This is a promising sign of tangible regulation! The powers that be need to chase the dragon and break up big tech once and for all. No better time than the present.