Facebook’s latest data breach leaks Personal Details of 533 million users

Facebook has always struggled to keep track of its users’ data, as well as to protect these sensitive assets. Time and again, the events of the Facebook data leak are in the major headlines in worldwide media.

Recently, Previously-leaked details of more than 530 million Facebook users have reportedly been found on a website for hackers.

Facebook 533 Million Data Leak Scenario

The data of some 533 million people from 106 countries was online on Saturday, according to Business Insider – including more than 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India.

The data includes users’ phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birth dates, bios, and in some cases email addresses.

In total, 533 million users’ data is available online, with India ranking third with over six million data leaks. The data appears to be from 2019, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

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Facebook's latest data breach leaks Personal Details of 533 million users
Facebook’s latest data breach leaks Personal Details of 533 million users

Facebook spokesperson reported that “This is old data that was previously reported in 2019 and the issue was already fixed in August 2019”.

However, if such information has leaked from Facebook’s network, the company seems to have no ability to prevent it from circulating online.

The information was first discovered by Alon Gal, CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, who told Business Insider.

Alon Gal said that a data leak of that size would “certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks or hacking attempts.”

Also Read: How to Delete Facebook Account Permanently?

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Not the Facebook First Data Leak Scenario

This is not the first time Facebook’s user data has been exposed online. Facebook was caught in a contentious privacy situation in 2020 after it announced that thousands of developers had access to data from inactive actions.

Back in 2016, Cambridge Analytica scraped data of 80 million Facebook users to target voters with campaign advertising.

Facebook Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal
Facebook Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

The data can be accessed for free, and there are chances that hackers can use it to perform illegal activities.

Alon Gal also said that a user-developed Telegram bot allows users to query the database for a small charge; allowing them to locate phone numbers associated with a vast number of Facebook accounts.

Conclusion

All of this points to the fact that any information you share on Facebook will inevitably become public; even though you want to keep it confidential.

These significant data leaks aim to disrupt Facebook’s corporate model of collecting a vast volume of personal information and selling targeted advertising.

The privacy concern for the social media platform is very high. Facebook is collecting the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent.

So, you might want to delete your Facebook account permanently. After deleting it, you will not able to retrieve the data you have shared on Facebook.

We have already posted a article on how you can delete your Facebook Permanently?

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