Bloomberg reports Meta, Apple, Google and Twitter are among companies that have been tricked into providing customers’ sensitive personal data in response to fraudulent requests. Sources, including law enforcement officials and industry investigators, said the data has been used to hack victim accounts and extort women and minors, sometimes for sexually explicit material. A Google spokesperson said the company uncovered a fraudulent data request in 2021 from “malicious actors posing as legitimate government officials,� adding it is working with law enforcement and others.
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