Personal information of 533 million users, including Mark Zuckerberg, exposed
Tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is amongst 533 million Facebook users who have actually had their individual info dripped online following a huge information breach at the social networks giant.
The dump of information, found overnight, consists of a series of information of users affected, consisting of phone number, consisting of that of the platform’s creator and ceo.
Mr Zuckerberg‘s information, including his location, date of birth, phone number and Facebook user ID, was among stolen data published on a hacker forum.
Cyber researcher Dave Walker also confirmed Facebook Inc co-founders Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz had their personal details included in the dumped data.
Business Insider reports the data includes over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India.
All up, users from some 106 countries were impacted by the breach.
As well as phone numbers, the data also includes Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdays and bios – and even email addresses.
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Alon Gal, the co-founder of Israeli cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, who discovered the trove of data on Saturday, said the details that were leaked are a couple of years old.
Mr Gal said the database appears to be the same set of Facebook-linked telephone numbers that he had discovered circulating in hacker circles since January.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the data was scraped due to a vulnerability that the company patched back in 2019.
The existence of the information – which was being distributed by a bot for a price – was first reported by tech publication Motherboard.
But now the entire dataset has been made free – meaning it is available for anyone with basic hacking and data scraping skills to plunder.
Despite not being current, the information could be used to cybercriminals to impersonate people or scam them into handing over login credentials.
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“A database of that size containing the private information such as phone numbers of a lot of Facebook‘s users would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks (or) hacking attempts,” Mr Gal told Business Insider.
The information is being offered for a few dollars’ worth of digital credit on a widely known website for low-level hackers.
Mr Gal stated he had actually validated the credibility of a minimum of a few of the information by comparing it versus telephone number of individuals he understood.
Other reporters state they have actually likewise had the ability to match recognized telephone number to the information in the information dump.
Mr Gal informed Reuters that Facebook users must look out to “social engineering attacks” in the coming months by individuals who might have acquired their telephone number or other personal information.
This story initially appeared in The Sun and is replicated here with consent