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Technology: data of 533 million Facebook users published online - also Mark Zuckerberg's phone number should be in the process

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on the Internet have been publicly posted on the Easter weekend mobile phone numbers and personal data of 533 million Facebook users. The affected come from 106 countries. 32 million from them alone come from the USA, 11 million from Great Britain and 6 million from India. How many continental Europeans and Germans are below, is currently unknown. In addition to mobile phone numbers, the data also included Facebook IDs, complete names, birthdays, locations, profile descriptions, and sometimes e-mail addresses.

also the Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg itself should be affected by the leak. After several media had reported about it, the Cyber ​​researcher Dave Walker also claimed this in a damaged tweet. Facebook itself did not want to comment on this circumstance to Business Insiders.

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Based on some samples, Business Insider has checked whether the published data is actually the profile information of the users. For example, we have signed mobile phone numbers. Also, the "forgot password" function of the social network was helped in verifying the data. If you enter the right e-mail address, a part of the stored mobile number is revealed. A press spokesman of the company said that the data has reached the public by a completed data leak in 2019.

Already in January there were signs

"Although they are already a few years old, the information for cybercriminals could be very useful. With them they could spend themselves online than the affected persons or just move them to release their credentials," says Alon Gal, the technical director of Cyber ​​Security company Hudson Rock. The latter had discovered the whole extent of the learned data on Saturday. "Such a large database filled with private information from Facebook users would definitely cause dashing figures to use the data contained therein to perform social engineering attacks or hacking experiments," reaffirms Gal.

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Gal had already discovered part of the divided data in January when a member of the same hacker forum made advertising for an automated bot. This should be able to get the phone numbers of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for a particular price. The Tech Magazine Motherboard had reported on the bot and verified data. Now the complete record was published for free in the forum and can be abused by almost anyone. Allegedly one needs only rudimentary EDP knowledge.

Data abuse is not uncommon

Business Insider has contacted the hacker responsible but no answer. It's not the first time that the mobile numbers of Facebook users appear on the net. A vulnerability allowed it for years to steal numbers of millions of users contrary to the terms of use from the Facebook servers.

According to the company, this entry-level gate was closed in August 2019. Facebook had already promised some time ago to stop the mass collection of user data. The network was under pressure after Cambridge analytics had targeted potential voters before the American Election in 2016 with election advertising.

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Alon Gal says Facebook could hardly help the victims of the youngest leak. Finally, their data has long since landed in the public. In his opinion, however, the network could notify those concerned in order to be vigilant to phishing or other fraud. "Person who log in to a viewed company like Facebook trust this your data. Facebook is obliged to treat your data with the greatest respect. That the user data has been published is a huge trust break and should be treated accordingly", The security expert should be considered.

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