The phone numbers and personal details of more than 500 million Facebook users have been posted online by a low-level hacker in a free forum.
Alon Gal, CTO of Hudson Rock, a cybercrime intelligence company first discovered the leaks on Saturday.
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“All 533,000,000 Facebook records were revealed for free,” he wrote in a tweet. “This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is very likely that the phone number used for that account has been leaked.”
Facebook acknowledged the news in an email statement Saturday afternoon, but said the data was obtained during a breach in 2019.
“These are old data that was previously reported in 2019,” a Facebook spokesman said. “We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.
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However, according to Gal, the vulnerability allowed hackers to see the phone numbers and other personal information of Facebook users.
“It was heavily under-reported and today the database became much more disturbing,” he wrote.
According to the Gal estimate, 3,494,385 users in Canada were affected.
Global News reached out to Facebook to confirm how many accounts have been affected in Canada and to determine how the company is handling the leak, but did not immediately respond.
However, Gal said the user’s phone numbers, full names, locations, date of birth, email addresses and relationship status are among the details revealed.
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“Bad actors will certainly use information on social engineering, fraud, piracy and marketing,” he wrote.
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