According to the latest reports, the personal data of more than 500 million Facebook users were leaked to the Internet by a hacker.
According to reports, data from over 500 million Facebook users was posted online in a low-level hacking forum. The data includes phone numbers, full names, users’ location, e-mail addresses and biographical information. Security researchers warn that data can be used by hackers to impersonate and fraud people.
Data of more than 500 million Facebook users leaked to the Internet
A user posted the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free on a hacking forum on Saturday. The published information includes the personal data of more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including more than 32 million users in the United States, 11 million in the UK and 6 million in India.
The information in question is
- Telephone numbers
- Full names
- Birth dates
- Biographical data
- Email addresses
Insider He looks at a sample of the leaked data and says the phone numbers match those listed in the data set. They say they reached the same number by testing an email address from data published with the platform’s password reset feature, which can be used to partially reveal a user’s phone number. This shows that the leaked data is unfortunately real.
One Facebook spokesperson In a statement to Insider, he said the data was leaked due to a vulnerability the company patched in 2019. In other words, the data in question are not up to date, but they are just before the date of the patch released in 2019. According to Alon Gale, CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, when the leaked given was a few years old, people’s personal information could still be used to provide value to hackers. “A database of this size, containing private information such as the phone numbers of Facebook users, will definitely be used by bad people to carry out social engineering attacks or hacking attempts,” Gal said.
Today, the personal information of more than 500 million people is at stake due to a Facebook vulnerability that existed years ago. The leaked data was first detected on a hacker forum in January when a user advertised a bot software capable of pulling the platform’s data. What do you think about this subject? Do not forget to state your views in the comments section just below.