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For Around 533 Million Facebook Users, The Personal Data Gets Leaked On The Web

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For Around 533 Million Facebook Users, The Personal Data Gets Leaked On The Web
For Around 533 Million Facebook Users, The Personal Data Gets Leaked On The Web

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A database for around 533 million Facebook users has been leaked on the web, including phone numbers also.
  • The company Facebook was asked to comment on this issue.
  • Alon Gal, a security researcher was constantly trying to spot this issue.

Reports claim that Hackers were sharing a huge amount of personal Facebook data during the month of January, but suddenly the data has escaped into the wild. According to Alon Gal, a security researcher has found that one hacking forum has made the dataset public and has exposed around 533 million Facebook user’s information. The information includes phone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, and some other revealing information also like locations, etc.

Amongst these 533 million Facebook users, 32 million are from the USA, 11 million from the UK, and around 6 million from the Indian nation. Alon Gal, the security researcher first noticed the data of the month of January and spotted everything when Telegram users could pay to search for the database. Moreover, the intruders were constantly taking the advantage of the Facebook flaw that was fixed down by Facebook in August 2019 and reportedly includes information from before that fix. You will not be there in any trouble if you are a newcomer or have changed your information on time since fix, but still there are many people who will be left vulnerable.

After all this, Facebook was asked to comment. Alon Gal has noted that Facebook is there and can do so much when the data is there in circulation or the flaw is no longer there in use. The social network can easily notify the users but there is huge pressure on the company for alerting the users to watch down the spam calls and fraud.

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