IBM, Microsoft and Facebook share a new data breach
IBM, Facebook and Google all have a new cybersecurity breach on their platforms, as the tech companies announced they will share a database containing users’ personal information.
The companies said they are working to make the information accessible to law enforcement, hackers and the public.
IBM said in a blog post on Thursday that it discovered a data breach affecting more than 2 million users on Monday.
“While the details of the breach have not been disclosed publicly, we believe that the compromised user data may include the passwords, email addresses, and phone numbers of individuals and groups that are not publicly known,” IBM said in the post.
Facebook confirmed the breach on Thursday and said it has since begun to share users’ data with law enforcement.
The companies announced a two-year partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security to share a joint database containing information on users who are at risk of cyberthreats.
In a statement, the companies said that “the information we are sharing will help law enforcement better understand the types of attacks that are most likely to pose a threat to our users, and will help us better protect our users.”
The companies’ cooperation with the DHS came as the government seeks to crack down on data breaches that could lead to hackers gaining access to private information.
In January, Facebook said that it had shared data with the FBI and the NSA for cyberintelligence purposes.
Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook have already announced plans to create new cybersecurity partnerships in the wake of the recent attacks.
Microsoft has previously announced plans for a partnership with Google in the future.
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