A day after phone numbers and personal information of nearly 533 million Facebook Users leaked online, Facebook has now finally responded to the incident. Facebook says the leaked data is old and this issue was fixed back in 2019.
“This is old data that was reported back in 2019. We found and fixed this problem in August 2019,” says a Facebook spokesman.
While Facebook claims to have fixed the problem, the fact that the data is still in the public domain won’t be of any help. The leaked data includes information like date of birth, location, phone numbers, email IDs, and other small personal details.
The latest breach leaked data from over 500 million users from 106 countries that could be exploited by hackers. 6 million of them are Indian users.
In addition, the data is available online for everyone free of charge. It can easily be used by hackers to impersonate themselves online and scam other users. Also, unlike passwords, this information cannot be tweaked or changed to avoid falling victim to online fraud.
Alon Gal, co-founder of the Israeli intelligence company Hudson Rock, discovered the leak. He says the database appears to be the same Facebook-linked phone numbers that have been circulating in hacking circles since January.
Gal says the data was advertised by a Telegram bot in exchange for money. This means that the data has been online since January and may also have been exploited.