Facebook leaked more than 500 million phones and users personal data
The data includes cell phones, full name, date of birth, biographies, usernames and e-mails in some cases. According to a platform spokesperson for Business Insider, the vulnerability occurred in 2019 and has now been fixed.
This type of information is very valuable on the internet, as scammers can use this data to deceive people, sell to companies or even create and discover logins.
Marck Zuckerberg – Facebook founder and CEO (Image: ThoughtCo)
“A database of that size containing the private information such as phone numbers of a lot of Facebook’s users would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks [or] hacking attempts,” said Alon Gal, an expert on cybersecurity, to the website.
The Facebook leak was discovered after it was posted on a hacker forum. In January, one of the group’s members was selling a bot that could give access to phone numbers of hundreds of thousands of the social network users. Now, all of this information is posted openly and can be accessed by anyone.
According to information published by Gal, who had access to the leaked data, the most affected country was the United States, with 32 million accounts. The United Kingdom had 11 million, Brazil 8 million and India 6 million.
All 533,000,000 Facebook records were just leaked for free.
This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked.
— Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021
This is not the first time that something like this has happened to Mark Zuckerberg’s social network. In 2019, a leak exposed thousands of Facebook users phones. The platform ensured at the time that the situation was corrected. The data available this time may be related to this previous failure.
With informations: Business Insider