Facebook well known social networking platform and no one is untouched with its impact. But recent report says that, this social networking platform’s entire user base get hacked and leaked. This users data including over 61 lakh Indian users which has been dumped on a public cybercrime forum. As per report a hacker has posted the phone numbers and sensitive account details of nearly 533 million Facebook users. The leaked data includes Facebook ID numbers, profile names, email addresses, location information, gender details, job data, and other details.
Alon Gal, CTO of security firm Hudson Rock tweeted. “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,” he added “I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data,” . In addition to this Facebook has confirmed the leak to The Record. “This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report late on Saturday.
To be noted that with the data now entering the public domain, there is a real danger that this information can be widely used by cybercriminals for email or SMS spam, robocalls, extortion attempts, threats and harassment, etc. According to a Facebook spokesperson, the bug was only accessible for a short period of time during a small test.