BY ADAM ROSENBERG
That didn’t take long. Hours after Facebook revealed that at least 50 million users were “directly affected” by a data breach, two of the social network’s users have come together in a class-action lawsuit.
It started early on Friday. Facebook alerted users that a security issue had been discovered on Tuesday, Sept. 25. A vulnerability in the site’s “View As” feature — which lets users see what others do when viewing their profile — gave hackers the means to take over people’s accounts.
It’s a bad situation that subsequently grew worse. Hours after the initial news broke, it became clear that Facebook users who had connected their profile to an Instagram account — and, potentially, any other third-party service — were at risk on those other platforms as well.
Now there’s this lawsuit, which names Carla Echavarria of California and Derrick Walker of Virginia as plaintiffs. The document also notes that the filing is “on behalf of all persons in the United States … whose PII was compromised in the data breach.”
(PII is an acronym for “personally identifiable information,” which the lawsuit defines as “names, birthdates, hometowns, addresses, locations, interests, relationships, email addresses, photos, and videos” — the data users share with Facebook.)