Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries whose personal information was reportedly leaked by hackers on April 3. Zuckerberg’s phone number, location, name, date of birth, marriage information and Facebook user ID were among the stolen personal data. It was posted on a hacker forum on Saturday. Cyber researcher Dave Walker confirmed that Facebook’s co-founders Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz’s personal information was also leaked along with the data. On April 4, Walker said, “Regarding the # FacebookLeak of 533M who participated in the leak – the irony is that Mark Zuckerberg was also involved in the leak.”
In another tweet, security expert Zuckerberg at Twitter claimed to be a user of the Signal app.
Dave Walker wrote on Twitter: “On another occasion, Mark Zuckerberg also respects his own privacy using a chat app that has end-to-end encryption and is not @ facebook.”
By sharing a screenshot of Zuckerberg’s allegedly leaked phone number, Walker wrote: “Mark Zuckerberg on Signal.”
On another occasion, Mark Zuckerberg also respects his own privacy by using an end-to-end encryption and non-owner chat app. @FacebookThis is the number associated with his account from the last facebook leak. https://t.co/AXbXrF4ZxE
– Dave Walker (@Daviey) April 4, 2021
In response to this new development, the official Twitter account of the Signal app filmed on the microblog site Twitter, Zuckerberg.
Posting in a news article mentioning Zuckerberg’s presence in WhatsApp’s competitor app, Signal wrote: “With the May 15 WhatsApp Terms of Service acceptance deadline fast approaching, Mark is leading by example.”
What is Signal?
Signal is an instant messaging app developed by a nonprofit called Signal Foundation. The app was launched in 2014 as a messenger with a focus on privacy. Signal’s motto is also “say hello to privacy”. Signal also comes with end-to-end encryption like WhatsApp and can be used for all devices including Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Signal Foundation, the company that makes Signal Private Messenger, was founded by former WhatsApp co-founder Brien Acton, who parted ways with WhatsApp in 2017. While Signal provides almost all similar features to WhatsApp, chats on Google Drive or iCloud. It also doesn’t allow groups to automatically add people unless people give their consent.
Tesla chief Elon Musk tweeted on January 7: “Use the Signal.” Musk’s only tweet that supports Signal set fire to the Internet and the app’s download button in app stores.