Facebook briefing lawmakers on massive cyber breach

Facebook briefing lawmakers on massive cyber breach
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Facebook is briefing lawmakers over the latest massive cybersecurity breach, the company confirmed Wednesday. 

Facebook, which briefed the Department of Homeland Security and FBI last week, is slated to meet with more lawmakers this week, including members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the meetings.

The extent of details shared with lawmakers and federal agencies is unclear. While Facebook has released some information about the hack, its suspected perpetrators have not been disclosed.

The company has said that it is still in the early stages of its investigation into the breach.

The move appears to be part of the Silicon Valley giant's efforts to try to get ahead of a breach that could hurt the company and result in undesirable regulations. Lawmakers including Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown MORE (D-Va.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have used the hack to bolster their calls for regulations intended to rein in technology companies.

The company could also face a hefty $1.6 billion fine from the European Union over a possible violation of its new General Data Protection Regulation rules, which went into effect earlier this year.

The breach is the latest controversy for Facebook, which has tried to recover since the Cambridge Analytica data scandal rocked the company earlier this year. 

The controversy, which culminated in Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse | Trump administration awards tech group contract to build 'virtual' wall | Advocacy groups urge Congress to ban facial recognition technologies Facebook to launch Fourth of July voter registration drive Hillicon Valley: Facebook claims it 'does not profit from hate' in open letter | Analysis finds most of Facebook's top advertisers have not joined boycott | Research finds Uighurs targeted by Chinese spyware as part of surveillance campaign MORE testifying in back-to-back congressional hearings in April, concerned data from 87 million Facebook users being improperly obtained by a British research firm that former Trump campaign director Stephen Bannon said he wanted to use for voter suppression efforts.