The published information should include names, place of residence, email addresses and biographical information.
The phone numbers and other personal information of more than 530 million Facebook users have been released. The information leaked included names, places of residence, email addresses and biographical information of people from 106 countries – 32 million of them in the US and 11 million in the UK.
The data leak was probably discovered by Alon Gal, CTO of Hudson Rock, a cyber security company. First had on Saturday businessinsider.com reports and verifies the published information in key points. According to the report, there were first indications of a data breach in January. At that time, Motherboard reported possible sales.
The information could be valuable to cyber criminals
The data came from an old security hole. Facebook had stated that it closed it in August 2019. However, it was not yet clear how many profiles are affected.
The group has not yet commented on the current events. The data is information that many users make public on Facebook themselves. According to experts, they could still be valuable for cyber criminals, especially as a package.