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Failbook: Personal data of roughly 530 million accounts from 106 countries leaks online

A huge number of Facebook accounts might be in danger after data from a 2019 leak surfaces online
A huge number of Facebook accounts might be in danger
Although the data breach in question today apparently took place back in 2019, it is quite disturbing to find out that more than 500 million Facebook accounts are now in danger since the database has surfaced online in a freely accessible low-level hacking forum. Thankfully, the vulnerability exploited back then has been patched.

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Back in 2019, Facebook suffered a major data breach that exposed personal data of more than 500 million users to unknown malicious parties. As it often happens in such cases, the leaked data was not unleashed into the wild back then and it probably circulated in very select circles. However, everything changed this Saturday.

According to Business Insider, "A user in a low level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online." The same source reveals the impressive numbers below:

  • Total Facebook accounts compromised: 533 million.
  • US Facebook accounts compromised: 32 million.
  • UK Facebook accounts compromised: 11 million.
  • India Facebook accounts compromised: 6 million.

Obviously, at least some of the users that had their accounts compromised back in 2019 changed their passwords ever since. However, their email addresses can now be added to various lists and be targeted by spam, scam and phishing attempts, not to mention the multiple ways of using real names, locations, and birthdays for malicious purposes.

In the end, there should be no real danger for Facebook users in this moment, but everyone must be careful and change their passwords from time to time. As a must-do measure, enabling two-factor authentication for any accounts (Facebook or anywhere else) that one has could spare them from a lot of trouble.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5457 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2021-04- 5 (Update: 2021-04- 5)