They filter data from 533 million Facebook users; there are 106 countries affected

A user of an online forum posted on Saturday the phone numbers and personal details of hundreds of millions of users of Facebook free of charge, mention American media.

Data on more than 500 million Facebook users from a 2019 leak, including email addresses and phone numbers, were posted on a hacker forum, the magazine reported Saturday. Business Insider, confirming information from a cybercrime expert.

Business Insider ensures that the exposed data includes personal information of more than 533 million users of the social network from 106 countries, including more than 32 million in the United States, 11 million in the United Kingdom and six million in India.

According to the publication, the data disclosed would include phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, dates of birth, biographies and, in some cases, email addresses.

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Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified multiple logs by matching the phone numbers of users from Facebook known to the identifications listed in the data set.

The logs were also verified by testing the email addresses from the dataset in the password reset function of Facebook, which can be used to partially reveal a user’s phone number.

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Alon Gal, CTO of the Intelligence Company on cybercrime Hudson Rock said that, from a security point of view, there is not much that Facebook can do to help users affected by the breach, because their data is already in view, but added that the social network could notify users so that they can stay tuned in case a identity fraud or fraud using your personal data.

For his part, the Facebook Company spokesman told THE UNIVERSAL that it is a leak made in 2019 and that it was fixed in that year.

“This data is old and was reported in 2019. We detected and solved the case in August 2019,” he said.

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