533 Million Facebook accounts exposed Phone numbers, Facebook ID, and other sensitive data
Data from FaceBook Hack Re-emerges its ugly head with free give-a-ways of the data on the Dark Web / Hacker Forums
On April 3, 2021, Alon Gal, the CTO of Hudson Rock (which is a cyberintelligence firm), reported via twitter that 533 Million records of Facebook users Is posted in a Hacker forum for free.
According to Facebook via a Bleeping Computer Article, this is a hack from August 2019.
Facebook told Bleeping Computer “This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019”.
Facebook responded to this news stating that the hack is not new and they have already fixed the problem with the “Add a Friend” feature that allowed the phone #s and other data out.
It is unknown at this time if this “Add a Friend” feature gathered all the information, or if the phone #s were just added to an already existing scrape of Public Profile data. The hacker used to sell the information via a bot using Telegram messaging for just a few dollars a record. The data maybe from 2019, however, most people have not changed or cannot change the information that is in Facebook such as FaceBook ID, Birth Dates, Full names, Locations, Previous Locations, Phone numbers, Employers, some email addresses, and provided Bios from the user.
Even the Facebook Founders Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz are also included in the breach showing most of the above information. But, now the Hacker is offering the information for free.
Hacker claims 106 countries were affected including the Egypt with 44 million, Italy 35 million, United States with over 32 million, United Kingdom 11.5 Million, India 6 million, Turkey 19.6 Million, Tunisia 39 Million, Mexico 13.3 Million, Germany 6 million, Saudi Arabia 28.8 million and many more records stolen from many other countries.
If you would like to see if you have been affected by this breach, Haveibeenpwned also has the information. HaveIBeenPwned is a good site to find if your information is included in a breach or not. The site also gives pertinent information about the breach and what information was exposed and when. However, the site was recently only searchable by email address. Since only 2.5 million email addresses were included in this breach, HaveIBeenPwned has now added international phone numbers to the search for breaches so you can see if you have been affected by this breach by phone or by email.
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