Sensitive personal information for over half a billion Facebook users was leaked on a well-trafficked hacking forum
The leaked information included the phone number, Facebook ID, full name, location, past location, date of birth, email address, relationship status, and biography.
Half a billion people have just leaked Facebook data, what is the risk for traders?
According to a security analyst, more than half a billion Facebook users’ sensitive personal information was leaked on a hacked forum traded earlier today – a potential danger for millions of dealers. Crypto translator and holder can be easily swapped for sims and other identities – ID-based attacks.
The news was first spotted by Alon Gal, CTO of security firm Hudson Rock, who posted on Twitter about the leak earlier today.
According to Gal, this leak is related to a security vulnerability first discovered in 2019. In January 2021, it was known that hackers were able to use the information to access digital numbers. User’s phone, including “Phone Number, Facebook ID, Full Name, Location, Past Location, Date of Birth, Email Address, Account Creation Date, Relationship Status, Profile”.
According to Gal, this information could now allow hackers and scammers to deploy various forms of malicious social manipulation and other new fraudulent activities:
All 533,000,000 Facebook records were just leaked for free.
This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked.
— Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021
Cryptocurrency users are at risk from such attacks. Earlier this year, a victim of a sim swap attack sued mobile phone company T-Mobile for $ 450,000 and in 2018, Kaspersky Labs discovered that hackers could steal 21,000 ETH, currently, worth more than 43 million USD, in social engineering attacks up to 12 months.
The data breach is also a bigger deal than the Ledger breach late last year. Immediately after more than 270,000 users’ information leaked online, users reported blackmail threats and reviewed lawsuits against the hardware wallet company.
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