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Over the weekend, a cybersecurity researcher discovered over 500 million Facebook users’ personal information available on a low-level hacking forum.
According to Business Insider, who initially reported the find, over 533 million users’ data was published to this hacking forum, including over 32 million American users. The leaked information includes full names, Facebook IDs, locations, birthdates, biographies, phone numbers, and some email addresses.
In the same article, a Facebook spokesperson reported that the data stemmed from a vulnerability closed in 2019. Alon Gal, CTO of cyber-crime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, made the initial discovery of the exposed Facebook users’ data on Saturday.
This is not Facebook’s first challenge dealing with scraped data. Indeed, the attack highlights how leaked or scraped data doesn’t just disappear after a breach; it can linger for years, continuing to create new cybersecurity problems for enterprises and users.
In fact, hackers could easily use this data for future impersonation/social engineering attacks such as spear-phishing or as a tool for cracking users’ passwords.
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