The personal data of some 500 million users of Facebook in 106 countries were filtered for free by a user in a hacking forum, as revealed this Sunday by US media, while the social network clarified that it is a problem that was solved in 2019.
According to Business Insider, the exposed data, which includes phone numbers, Facebook ID, names, locations, emails, among others, correspond, among others, to more than 32 million users in the United States, 11 million in the United Kingdom and 6 million in India
The publication said it had reviewed leaked data such as phone numbers and email addresses.
“A database of that size containing private information, such as phone numbers of many of Facebook’s users, would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to carry out social engineering attacks (or) hacking attempts.” , he assured that medium Alon gal, chief technology officer for cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock.
On Twitter, Gal noted that the records were leaked “for free” and indicated that this means that if someone has a Facebook account, “it is very likely that the phone number used for the account was leaked.”
“I have not yet seen Facebook acknowledge this absolute negligence with its data,” he said.
Facebook spokeswoman Liz Bourgeois noted on Twitter that “This is old data already reported in 2019“.” We found and solved this problem in August 2019, “he settled.
Facebook has been implicated in numerous privacy scandals in the pastThe most famous of them being that of the British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which used an application to collect millions of data from Internet users of the platform without their consent for political purposes.