Over Five Hundred Million Facebook users’ personal data posted on hacking website: Reports

The recent Facebook data breach exposed the personal information of over 533 million users around the world, according to reports. Since the leaked data contains phone numbers, full names, locations, emails, and other information, security researchers have cautioned that it may be used to commit fraud by impersonating an individual.

 

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Alon Gal, the Chief Technology Officer of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, revealed the development, which was first reported by Business Insider.

According to Alon Gal, there are records for over 32 million accounts in the United States, 11 million in the United Kingdom, and 6 million in India.

 

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According to Alon Gal, there are records for over 32 million accounts in the United States, 11 million in the United Kingdom, and 6 million in India.

 

 

Gal claimed that the leaked data contains phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, current and previous addresses, birthdates, email addresses (in some cases), account formation dates, relationship status, and bio.

“Bad actors will certainly use the information for social engineering, scamming, hacking and marketing”, Gal further said.

In a series of tweets, Gal addressed the data breach that is claimed to have compromised the personal information of nearly 533 million people for free. “This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked”, Gal wrote in a tweet.

 

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It’s worth noting that the alleged Facebook data leak isn’t brand new. Gal announced in January that a vulnerability that allowed anyone to see the phone number associated with every Facebook account had been exploited. He went on to say that it was seriously under-reported, and that the database had become even more worrying as a result.

 

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He reported that a user developed a Telegram bot that allowed users to query the database for a small fee, allowing them to find the phone numbers associated with numerous Facebook accounts.

In response to data breach allegations, a Facebook spokesperson explained that it was the old data from 2019, which was previously reported. In August of this year, Facebook had discovered and resolved the issue.

However, Facebook has not given any information on how it intends to address this security flaw. Similarly, Gal argues that the leak of over 533 million users’ personal information has a “huge impact on privacy.” He continues, “I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data”.

 

 

According to Reuters, Gal noted that Facebook users should be on the lookout for “social engineering attacks” in the coming months from people who may have obtained their phone numbers or other personal information.

 

 

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