US facial recognition startup hit by data breach

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by Charlie Spargo

Clearview AI, the controversial American face recognition startup that drew criticism after it was revealed to be collecting billions of images of faces from social media has been hit by a breach.

The startup's entire client list has been stolen in this attack, raising more concerns about privacy given that it possesses more than 3 billion images of people's faces and shares them with security services.

A malicious actor "gained unauthorised access", a message to clients using the startup said.

The records stolen include the number of accounts clients control and the amount of searches each has made.

Tor Ekeland, Clearview's lawyer, released a statement, saying: “Security is Clearview’s top priority. Unfortunately, data breaches are part of life in the 21st century.

“Our servers were never accessed. We patched the flaw and continue to work to strengthen our security.”