533 Million Facebook Users’ data was leaked online, this data includes cell phone numbers, email addresses, and location.
According to a Facebook spokesperson the data was initially obtained in 2019 as a result of an technical vulnerability but only recently was it dumped online free for all to use.
From the Daily Wire:
Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known Facebook users’ phone numbers with the IDs listed in the data set,” the report continued. “We also verified records by testing email addresses from the data set in Facebook’s password reset feature, which can be used to partially reveal a user’s phone number.”
According to a Facebook spokesperson, the data was scraped due to a vulnerability that was fixed in 2019. The data was previously leaked, and has now been made widely available.
Liz Bourgeois, who works in Facebook’s Communications department, and lists “formerly @TheDemocrats and @SpeakerPelosi” in her Twitter bio, tweeted on Saturday, “This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”
This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019. https://t.co/mPCttLkjzE
— Liz Bourgeois (@Liz_Shepherd) April 3, 2021
“While a couple of years old, the leaked data could provide valuable information to cybercriminals who use people’s personal information to impersonate them or scam them into handing over login credentials, according to Alon Gal, CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, who first discovered the entire trough of leaked data online on Saturday,” Business Insider added.
The remarks form the Facebook spokesperson have attracted the ire of many as they seem to be very dismissive of the whole situation. Cybercrime is very serious and the carless manner in which Facebook handles user data is helping cyber criminals commit crimes.