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Half a billion Facebook users’ information posted on hacking website, cyber experts say

There are data for greater than 32 million accounts within the United States, 11 million within the United Kingdom, and 6 million in India, in line with Alon Gal, the CTO of cyber intelligence agency Hudson Rock.

Details in some circumstances embrace full title, location, birthday, e-mail addresses, telephone quantity, and relationship standing, he mentioned.

Hudson Rock confirmed CNN Business the telephone numbers of two our senior employees that are included within the database.

The leak was first reported by the news website Insider.
“This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone instructed CNN Saturday.

Facebook didn’t say if it notified affected customers on the time.

Stone added, “In 2019, we removed people’s ability to directly find others using their phone number across both Facebook and Instagram – a function that could be exploited using sophisticated software code, to imitate Facebook and provide a phone number to find which users it belonged to.”

Although this information is from 2019 it may nonetheless be of worth to hackers and cyber criminals like those that interact in establish theft.

Hudson Rock’s Alon Gal identified on Twitter that the best way the info was sorted and posted on the hacking website this week makes it way more accessible for criminals to take advantage of.

Rachel Tobac, an moral hacker and CEO of SocialProof Security, instructed CNN, “These are the pieces of data cyber criminals spend time searching for to perform social engineering attacks (a type of hacking) — but now they’re all in one place and easily accessible in this leak, which makes social engineering quicker and easier.”

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