The phone numbers and personal information of over 553 million Facebook users have been published for free by a user in a low-level hacking forum, according to Business Insider. At least 100 countries are included in this leak, with data from 32 million users in the US and 11 million users in the UK.
This breach includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, dates of birth, bio-files and in some cases email addresses.
Insider reviewed a selection of the leaked data and verified several records by matching the phone numbers of known Facebook users with the IDs listed in the dataset. We also verified records by testing email addresses from the dataset in Facebook̵7;s password reset feature, which can be used to partially reveal the user’s phone number.
To Business InsiderAlon Gal, CTO of the Hudson Rock intelligence agency, which first discovered the leaked data on Saturday, said:
“A database of the size that contains private information, such as telephone numbers of many of Facebook’s users, will certainly lead to bad actors using the data to carry out social technology attacks. [or] hacking attempts. ”
This is not the first time Facebook has leaked users’ data online. In 2020, Mark Zuckerberg’s company was involved in a controversial situation regarding privacy issues and confirmed that thousands of developers had gained access to data from inactive users, which is unexpected behavior.
Before that it was the Cambridge Analytica controversy, where the company not only gained access to the data of everyone who gave permission for a third-party ‘personality quiz’, but Facebook also gave the app access to the data of its friends. .
The company has not addressed this new data leak yet, but it may be the worst leak Facebook has ever been involved with.
This morning we reported that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will be interviewed on Monday about the company’s new policy change for app tracking. Cook will also talk about Parlor and Facebook criticism of these tracking changes. Apple’s CEO quote could not fit better at the moment:
“Yes, Kara, I’m not focused on Facebook. So I do not know. ”
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