Over 500 Million Facebook Users Personal Information Has Been Leaked Online

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Facebook users should be on the lookout for fraudulent activity using their personal data.

The personal data of about 533 million Facebook users was posted in an online hacking forum over the weekend. The stolen data includes the users’ phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, biographical information, and, in some cases, email addresses.

When personal information like this is stolen, it’s often sold to scammers. Rather than selling the data this time, a hacker published the users’ personal information for free in a low-level hacking forum where it can be easily accessed by virtually anyone. Facebook users from 106 countries have been affected, including over 32 million users in the US.

A Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider that the data was able to be scraped because of a vulnerability that the company patched in 2019. Although the exposed data is now a couple of years old, security researchers say that it’s still extremely valuable to hackers. Scammers could still use the stolen information to impersonate people, to commit fraud, or to scam Facebook users into revealing even more of their personal information.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to protect your personal data once it has already been exposed. At this point, Facebook users should remain especially vigilant about phishing schemes or other attempts at fraud that could be made with their stolen data.


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Comments 16

  1. Doug

    Safe to say if you use FB, you don’t care about your privacy in the first place.

    • laura-24

      Exactly!!

  2. kiera

    Safe to say, no matter what apps you use, you’re susceptible to being hacked. There’s nothing ‘secret’ about who you are online.

    • Sylvia

      So True!

    • tipaye

      Very true!

  3. Holly

    “Safe to say” that blaming the victim never looks good on anyone. But, that’s your choice…. 🙂

    • desiree

      This👆

    • Amichael0323

      Savage lol

  4. PrincessMom

    This happened in 2019 and they’re just now letting people know?!?

    I’m so tired of people giving me crap for not posting pics of my family on there. I keep the account because it’s how I stay in touch with my family and friends who live far away but I refuse to post details or photos because I’ve never felt it was really secure.

    • susan-5

      I only use Facebook to go to marketplace once in a while. I’m not a Zuckerberg fan. He reminds me of Data from Star Trek. …..but in a creepy way. No insult to Data.

    • susan-5

      👍

  5. NubianGoddess

    Equifax, Capital One, and USAJobs (government website) have all been hacked too.

    • Tesa

      So that makes it okay?

      • Aleshia

        Lol, I don’t think she was saying that makes it okay. I think she is letting people know about other company breeches as well.

  6. IB

    Want to bet FB won’t be held liable? People have no idea how FB sells their personal info and data anyway.

  7. Patti

    Facebook is a waste of time.

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