Personal data of 500 million users of Facebook are leaked

Facebook data, Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook

Personal data of more than 553 million Facebook users have been leaked. Among the compromised information are full names, dates of birth, locations and biography details. In some cases, email addresses.

Personal data leakage affects users in more than 106 countries, including:

  • 13 million from Mexico
  • 10 million from Spain
  • 2 million from Argentina
  • 32 million the United States
  • 11 million UK
  • 6 million from India

Business Insider claims that it has reviewed a sample of the leaked data and found matches that, at least in that part, maintain that it is real data.

Alon Gal, chief technology officer for cybercrime firm Hudson Rock, discovered Saturday that the leaked data was posted on a free forum. The specialist explains that the database was created in January thanks to a vulnerability that made it possible to discover the phone number of Facebook users. It was offered in exchange for money in different forums, but now it has been published completely free.

Leaked Facebook data could be used by hackers

“A database of that size that contains private information, such as phone numbers of many of Facebook’s users. It would undoubtedly lead to some exploiting them for social engineering attacks or hacking attempts, ”Gal told Insider

The director of Hudson Rock assures that although the data is already leaked, Facebook should notify users to prevent other related security problems. “People who sign up for a company like Facebook trust them with their data and Facebook is supposed to treat it with the utmost respect,” Gal added.

So far, Facebook has not spoken out about the massive data breach. However, it is not the first time that the company led by Mark Zuckerberg has found itself embroiled in security problems. In 2019, a vulnerability in the servers of the social network exposed the phone numbers and other data of more than 419 million users on the Internet.

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