According to a report, data of 500 million facebook users from more than 90 countries was published for free online. These countries include UK, USA, India, etc. Over 30 million of facebook users are from US, while around 11 million are from UK and 6 million are from India. This facebook data leak is raising serious questions around users’ data privacy.
Alon Gal, the co–founder of the Israeli cyber crime intelligence firm, has published a tweet about this leak. He spotted the same database which appears like the same set of facebook linked phone numbers, and other data which has been circulating in hackers circles from last few months. This was first reported by tech publication motherboard.
Alon Gal also raises his voice back in January when same fb database leak issue happened via telegram bot. That time, the person was selling it to people for a fixed price, but this time data is available for a free of cost. As per some reports, leaked database contains all types of private information such as phone numbers, ID’s, full names, locations, birthdates, and even in worst-case scenarios e-mail addresses of the individual.
This leaked data can someday result in cyber crime and what not. Many people can take an advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks or hacking attempts. This data is widely available everywhere. Thus, any hacker or smart person can exploit anyone with this data.
Facebook Data Leak- Not the First Time
This is not the first time when something like this happened with the facebook. Back in 2019, data of around 400 million users along with 50 million of Instagram users data was leaked. The same thing has repeated, which raises the questions over users’ data safety.