Media reports and cybercrime experts pointed out that the personal information, including emails and phone numbers, of more than 500 million users of the social media platform’s Facebook account was exposed on a hacker online forum.
Agence France-Presse reported that Garr, the technical director of the Israeli cybercrime intelligence company Hudson Rock, said on Twitter on Saturday (April 3) that the information of 533 million Facebook users had been leaked. People use it for free.
He said: “This means that if you have a Facebook account, the phone number used by that account is likely to have been leaked.”
According to a report by Business Insider, some of the leaked personal information seems to be current information, but AFP could not independently confirm it.
The Facebook page stated that the above report is old news. A Facebook spokesperson said: “This is old information reported in 2019. We have resolved this issue in August 2019.”
Gal had tweeted in January this year that the affected users came from 106 countries, including nearly 32 million American users and 20 million French users. He said that the holders of those materials tried to sell them. It is reported that the leaked information includes phone numbers, full names, birthdays, as well as the emails of some accounts and the emotional status of users.