A website for hackers reportedly contained details from over 500 million Facebook users, ranging from 106 countries and with details such as email addresses, birthdays and locations.

CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, Alon Gal, who first uncovered the leaked data told the Insider that “a database of that size containing the private information such as phone numbers of a lot of Facebook’s users would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks [or] hacking attempts.” 

Facebook has encountered a plethora of data security issues over the years, with the tech giant blocking a feature in 2018 that allowed users to search for each another through phone numbers.

“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. I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data,” Gai wrote in a post on Twitter.


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