Alon Gal, co-founder and CTO of cybercrime intelligence company Hudson Rock, tweeted on Saturday that a user has published personal information of 533 million or 53 million Facebook users in a low-level hacking forum. This database contains data from a total of 106 countries, including India. It has data of about 6 million users in India. Please tell that the news of this database being hacked was revealed in January this year. At that time it was being sold through Telegram Bot. However, it is now reported that the data of users is openly public for free. This database contains information such as users’ phone numbers, Facebook IDs, names, location information, dates of birth, e-mail addresses and even their bio.
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.
I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data. https://t.co/ysGCPZm5U3 pic.twitter.com/nM0Fu4GDY8
– Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021
In a statement to Business Insider, Facebook says (translated) ‘This database is old and scraped it in 2019. [सिस्टम में आई] The problem was fixed. However, we should not forget that most users do not change their phone numbers, e-mails or many personal information for years. If this data falls in the hands of cybercriminals, the information of crores of users can be in danger.
In January, the leak of this database was also first reported by Alon Gal. Gal has also shared some pictures via tweet, in which information of the data of the users included in this database can be seen. Apart from this, the information of how many users from which country is included in this database has also been shared.
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