Personal information of over 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website used by hackers, cybersecurity expert claim.
“All 533,000,000 Facebook records were just leaked for free. This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked,” Chief Technology Officer Alon Gal of cybercrime intelligence company Hudson Rock stated in a tweet last April 3.
Gal also posted screenshots of the hacking website that showed millions of records from 106 countries, including 32 million in the United States, 11 million in the United Kingdom, and six million in India.
Gal said that in some cases, leaked data included full name, phone number, e-mail addresses, birth date, location, and relationship status.
“Bad actors will certainly use the information for social engineering, scamming, hacking, and marketing,” Gal said.
Gal told online media company Insider, which first reported the leak, that the data appeared to be a couple of years old.
Facebook’s Policy Communications Director Andy Stone told CNN, “This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”
The social media giant did not indicate if they notified affected users at the time.
In 2019, Facebook disabled a feature that allowed users to directly find others using their phone numbers after the scandal with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica that had accessed data on about 80 million users without their consent.
Also in 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher reported that details of over 267 million Facebook users — nearly all from the U.S. — were on a database on the open internet. It is unclear if the current data is linked to this database.
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