The news of the announcement got picked up by the hacker twitter account @Tylervr, who claimed that the data was a "dump" from Inky.io, a hacked version of the Facebook Insights data dump that appeared earlier that same year. The hacker did not identify where the data had been acquired, but a few hours after the post, they released a video showing one of the data sets, which appeared to be sourced from Inky.io.
With the help of Inky.io and the hacker twitter account @Tylervr, Mark had a new source of extremely valuable personal data about millions of Facebook users. As Inky.io claimed they had been hired by Facebook to obtain this data, Mark now had access to millions of new people to add to his growing list. Most importantly, he knew that their data was real and that was the key to gaining access to their accounts.
The hacker, at first, proved to be reluctant to release the full name of the hacker, but by the end, the hacker was claiming to be "Inky.io" and Mark had him on the hook. Within hours of the user running his own script to validate that the data was real, it became clear that the data was real, as did the hacker's use of clear language. The script validated that all of the data existed. They maintained that they had acquired the data from Inky.io, but that they had not observed the technical hack itself.
Thanks to this data, Mark and his team of researchers would soon be exploring how to use the data to better understand people, as well as exploit the data to target and gather information. Catching the data was a significant step for Mark. The data closed what the Winklevosses had spent a decade-plus building, and now, it was almost time to move forward. d2c66b5586