April 10, 2021

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FTC slams Facebook as ‘personal social networking’ monopoly in latest filing

The Federal Trade Commission ratcheted up the rhetoric in its lawsuit against Facebook Inc. in a filing late Wednesday, calling it a “personal social networking” monopoly that is “violating the antitrust laws by maintaining its monopoly through means other than competition on the merits.”

In urging the judge handling the agency’s antitrust lawsuit against the social networking giant to proceed despite Facebook’s
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request last month to dismiss it, the FTC argued Facebook is trying to get the fight thrown out “before it even begins.”

“Congress has explicitly provided that the FTC need not challenge an acquisition at its

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The Personal Data of More Than 533M Facebook Users Has Been Posted Online

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The personal data of more than 533 million users from 106 countries has been leaked and published online. That includes Facebook IDs, full names, locations, phone numbers, birthdates, and email addresses of more than 32 million people in the US.

Business Insider reviewed and verified a sample of the leaked records, which Facebook claims were scraped “due to a vulnerability” that was patched in 2019. Alon Gal, CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, spotted the disclosure on Saturday, explaining, “A database of that size containing the private information such as phone

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FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal ‘personal social networking’ monopoly

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday fired back at Facebook’s (FB) bid to dismiss the regulator’s lawsuit seeking to break up the social media giant, as Big Tech continues to face scrutiny from the government.

“The court should deny Facebook’s motion,” the commission said in a document filed late Wednesday, arguing that “Facebook holds monopoly power over personal social networking (‘PSN’) services in the U.S., and is violating the antitrust laws by maintaining its monopoly through means other than competition on the merits.”

In March, Facebook argued in its motion to dismiss that the FTC’s lawsuit was legally defective

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533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data reported leaked online

A user in a hacking forum has published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online, Business Insider reported Saturday.

The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and in some cases email addresses.

Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known

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Personal data of 533 million Facebook users leaks online

Personal data from 533 million Facebook accounts has reportedly leaked online for free, according to security researcher Alon Gal. Insider said it verified several of the leaked records.

“The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India,” according to Insider. “It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and — in some cases — email addresses.”

If that 533 million number might sound familiar

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533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers, personal information leaked online, Insider says

“Bad actors will certainly use the information for social engineering, scamming, hacking and marketing,” tweeted Alon Gal, the co-founder of an Israeli cybercrime intelligence company called Hudson Rock, who flagged the release of the Facebook data Saturday. Social engineering involves getting access to people’s confidential information by gaining their trust rather than overcoming technical barriers — for example, by impersonating a tech support person.

“I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data,” Gal tweeted. Gal said the compromised data also included Facebook IDs, full names, locations, some email addresses, relationship statuses and other details.

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