Data of over 1.5 billion Facebook users leaked on the dark web

New Delhi: Days after a 6-hour global outage by Facebook and its sibling firms, claims emerged that data of 1.5 billion Facebook users was open for sale on a hacker forum. According to a report by TechRepublic, privacy research firm ‘Privacy Affairs’ has discovered personal data of more than 1.5 billion individuals on hacker forums, including names, email addresses, localities, genders, phone numbers and Facebook user ID information. Is.

According to Privacy Matters, the data was collected by the corporation through ‘scraping’. This indicates that the vendor did not gain access to Facebook’s internal systems, but instead obtained the information by ‘scraping’ publicly available content and organizing it into databases and lists. However, the safety of Facebook users is still at risk as a result of the incident. Hackers can take advantage of this to reset user passwords and gain access to even more personal information. Also read: Skoda India names its upcoming new sedan as Slavia

When the status became public, Facebook issued a request for removal. According to the latest sources, this message has been removed from the hacker forum. According to Privacy Affairs, the report came out with the help of a four-year-old scrapping company. The seller claimed that the company had been in business for four years and had served more than 18,000 customers.

According to Miklos Zoltan, founder and CEO of Privacy Matters, if the data released in the breach is genuine, it could be the largest and most significant Facebook data dump ever. He also said that hackers often use Facebook quizzes to gain information. When someone completes one of these surveys or quizzes, they are giving the designers of these games access to their personal Facebook information, including their full name, email, phone number, location, gender and more. , he explained.

On Monday, October 4, 2021, Mark Zuckerberg lost $7 billion due to a worldwide outage of Facebook’s networks, including Instagram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus VR. For much of the day, users of the social networking sites saw the error alert, causing shares of the Silicon Valley firm to drop nearly 5%.

By Naveen Bharat Staff



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