Data published by 533 million users

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More than half a billion users from 106 countries are affected by the leak.


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New York The personal data of more than half a billion Facebook-Users were posted on Saturday. The data breach affected 533 million users from 106 countries worldwide – 32 million of them from the USA, eleven million from Great Britain and six million from India. reports the US news site “Business Insider”. Information leaked includes phone numbers, full names, locations, birthdays, email addresses, and biographical information.

The data came from an old security hole that Facebook said it had closed in August 2019. So far, however, it was not clear how many users were affected. Although the data is older, it is still of value to cyber criminals who can use it to steal identities, for example.

According to Business Insider, the leak was discovered by Alon Gal, CTO of Hudson Rock, a company specializing in cybersecurity. The first indications of the leak were already there in January when a user in a hacker forum offered to provide Facebook users’ phone numbers for money. The entire data set is now available on the Internet free of charge.

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