Massive Facebook Data Leak

Issue 65

Cybersecurity has been a growing concern on the internet around the globe, and despite an ever-increasing push for data protection on the internet, some Facebook users could still be experiencing the consequences of a Facebook hack that took place in 2019.

This hack was able to obtain information from roughly 533 million Facebook users and leak it onto a popular cybercrime forum.  The information that was obtained included a user’s full names, Facebook IDs, mobile numbers, locations, email addresses, gender, occupation, city, country, marital status, account creation date, and other profile details with 32 million of these accounts coming from the U.S., 11 million coming from the U.K., and six million coming from India.

The vulnerability that the hackers used to obtain this information was quickly fixed in August of 2019, unfortunately, while hackers will have a harder performing another hack attempt the previously hacked information is still out there and anyone who uses the same phone number or email that they did in 2019 may be at risk of social engineering, marketing scams, and other cybercrimes.

This is not the first time that personal data has been leaked through Facebook.  The Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal of 2013 harvested information from Facebook accounts in which the “British consulting firm amassed the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent for purposes of political advertising” in 2016.

Facebook users who have not changed their phone number or email address on Facebook for the past few years are advised to be on the lookout for potential scam call or fraud.

Source: Washington Post