533 Million Facebook User Information Leaked


More than 500 million Facebook user information, including name, location, phone, e-mail address, was leaked to the Internet.

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Facebook took its place on the agenda again with a security breach scandal. Finally, hundreds of millions of Facebook user credentials have been shared by a user on a low-level hacking forum. The resulting data includes Facebook IDs, phone numbers, full names, dates of birth, biographies and email addresses of more than 533 million users from 106 countries.

A Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider that data was compromised due to a vulnerability patched in 2019. Alon Gal, cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock CTO, who first became aware of the leaked data on Saturday, April 3, stated that cybercriminals could use personal information to impersonate users or scam users through login credentials.

Gal adds, “A database of this size containing private information such as phone numbers of many Facebook users will definitely lead to bad actors using the data to carry out social engineering attacks or hacking attempts. says.

Alon Gal first discovered the leaked data in January, when a user on the same hacking forum advertised an automated bot that could provide the phone numbers of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for a certain price. It should be noted that all this information is published free of charge and is available to anyone with basic data skills.

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