Washington. The magazine reported on Saturday that data from more than 500 million Facebook users from the 2019 leak, including email addresses and phone numbers, was shared on a hacker forum. Interested in the tradeTo confirm information from a cybercrime expert.
“The records of 533 million free Facebook accounts have just been disclosed,” said Alon Gall, technical director of the Hudson Rock Internet Crime Agency, criticizing Facebook’s “total neglect”.
Interested in the trade It says it has been able to verify that some of the leaked phone numbers are still owned by the owners of affected Facebook accounts.
A Facebook spokesperson told Afp news agency: “This is old data” that was already reported leaked in the media in 2019. We found this problem and fixed it in August 2019.
The leaked data, affecting users in more than 100 countries, includes information on about 32 million user records in the United States, more than 10.8 million in Spain, 11 million in the United Kingdom, and six million users in India. Phone numbers, Facebook IDs, birthdays, resumes, and, in some cases, email addresses.
The cybercrime expert said malicious people “will definitely use this information for fraud, piracy and marketing.”
This is not the first time that data from millions of users of the main global social network, which has nearly 2.8 billion monthly users, has been put online.
The biggest Facebook leak was known in 2018, and was the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a British company that seized the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users for political advertising purposes. The case tarnished the social network’s reputation on the issue of data privacy.