Data on more than 500 million Facebook users from a 2019 leak, including their email addresses and phone numbers, was posted on a hacker forum.
Alon Gal, coach of the anti-cybercrime agency Hudson Rock, criticized Facebook’s “utter negligence” and tweeted on Saturday that “533 million Facebook account registrations were released free of charge.”
Business Insider said it was able to verify that some of the leaked phone numbers still belong to the owners of the affected Facebook accounts.
“This” leak is old data that was already reported in the media in 2019, Facebook spokesperson told AFP. We found this problem in August 2019 and fixed it. “
Almost 20 million French accounts and 32 million US accounts could be affected, Alon Gal said in January, when a user on Twitter still wanted to sell the data on the same forum.
According to Business Insider, this data includes phone number, full name, date of birth, and email address for some accounts. The cybercrime expert stated that malicious people “will definitely use this information for fraud, hacking and marketing”.
This is not the first time that the data of millions of users of the first social network with approximately 2.8 billion monthly users has been brought online.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal, a British company that seized the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users for political propaganda purposes, has permanently damaged the social network’s reputation for data privacy, which emerged in 2018.