The personal data of over 533 million Facebook users have been leaked and published on a low-level hacking forum for free by a user, reported by Business Insider.
The breach was discovered by security researcher Alon Gal, and the leaked dataset includes phone numbers, birth dates, email addresses, locations, and more personal info of 533 million Facebook users. Leaked data of Facebook users are from 106 countries, of which 32 million users are from the US, 11 million from the UK, and 6 million from India.
The leaked data is a couple of years old but provides valuable information to cybercriminals, according to Alon Gal. "A Facebook spokesperson told Insider that the data was scraped due to a vulnerability that the company patched in 2019."
The leaked data was first discovered by Gal in January when a user advertised a bot, which allows anyone to search the database of hundreds of millions of Facebook users in exchange for a price. Now, the entire dataset has been posted free on a hacking forum for anyone with basic data skills to exploit.
All 533,000,000 Facebook records were just leaked for free.— Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021
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
"Individuals signing up to a reputable company like Facebook are trusting them with their data and Facebook is supposed to treat the data with the utmost respect, Users having their personal information leaked is a huge breach of trust and should be handled accordingly." Gal said.