The social media platform, part of the Big Tech, has been quiet since January about this event and did nothing.
After the leak of information today, the social media platform remained silent.
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Today, a big incident happened. More than 500 million personal information was leaked from Facebook users.
From the latest reports, we can conclude that Facebook knew that this even would happen. But they didn’t warn the users.
Hackers published the collected personal information. Among them, we could find phone numbers, FB IDs, full names, locations, birthdays, email addresses, etc., on a hacker forum.
Eventually, Facebook and the wider internet were aware that something like this would happen even from January, but the big tech platform didn’t take a step to soften the damage.
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Business Insider explained. “A Facebook spokesperson told Insider that the data was scrapped due to a vulnerability that the company patched in 2019” and “he leaked data could provide valuable information to cybercriminals who use people’s personal information to impersonate them or scam them into handing over login credentials, according to Alon Gal, CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, who first discovered the entire trough of leaked data online on Saturday.”
At the beginning of this year, the leak was announced. One hacker tried to sell private information on the black market.
Motherboard shared a report. “A user of a low-level cybercriminal forum is selling access to a database of phone numbers belonging to Facebook users, and conveniently letting customers look up those numbers by using an automated Telegram bot.”
As we mentioned, everything was previously announced, and Facebook didn’t do anything to stop it. Experts from cybersecurity stated that the platform couldn’t do anything to stop this hacking attack, but” Facebook could notify users so they could remain vigilant for possible phishing schemes or fraud using their personal data.”
Facebook hasn’t shared anything on their press release web page yet.