Over 260 million Facebook profiles have been found to be on sale on hacker forums

Facebook apparently has a data hemorrhage. (Source: Facebook)
Facebook apparently has a data hemorrhage. (Source: Facebook)
A security group has reported the detection of 267 million Facebook profiles on a server being offered in exchange for £300 (~US$340). The users in question are apparently mostly located in the United States. This allegedly hacked info includes their names and phone numbers.
Deirdre O Donnell,

The cybersecurity intelligence firm Cyble has reported that a malicious entity has put a database containing at least 267 million Facebook profiles up for sale via hacker forums and dark-web locales. This set of profiles, which are apparently mostly relevant to US users, mostly contain points of info such as names and phone numbers, but not financial details.

However, the data apparently available in this breach could leave the users in question open to attacks such as spear phishing or smishing. This set of personal data had been detected prior to this, however, by another security researcher, Bob Diachenko.

This individual managed to get the ISP hosting the server in question to take it down, only for it to pop up again, augmented this time with about 42 million more profiles, on the platform allegedly found by Cyble. However, this group has also claimed to have acquired this listing so as to verify the data. It may be added to the resource thereafter.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-23 (Update: 2020-04-23)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.