533 Million Facebook User’s Personal Data Leaked Online

Almost 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, data including Facebook accounts, cell numbers, date of birth, genders, and locations posted on cybercrime forums online

Facebook has always been under pressure by cybersecurity experts as they consider Facebook the most renowned unsafe app in terms of privacy and security of its users’ data. In the past, Facebook has always been under hot waters, and this time again users’ leaked data has been posted online.

According to experts, Facebook data got leaked which affected a plethora of users around the globe. The privacy of the users is now in rough hands as it could be used for any malicious purpose or cyber-criminal activities. The data was accessed through a TeleBot.

The information was leaked online. It was published for free by a cybercriminal on a hacking forum that had the personal information of millions of users of almost 106 countries.

1 Afghanistan 558,393
2 Africa 14,323,766
3 Angola 50,889
4 Albania 506,602
5 Algeria 11,505,898
6 Argentina 2,347,553
7 Austria 1,249,388
8 Australia 7,320,478
9 Azerbaijan 99,472
10 Bahrain 1,450,124
11 Bangladesh 3,816,339
12 Belgium 3,183,584
13 Bolivia 2,959,209
14 Botswana 240,606
15 Brazil 8,064,916
16 Brunei 213,795
17 Bulgaria 432,473
18 Burkina Faso 6,413
19 Burundi 15,709
20 Cambodia 2,838
21 Cameroon 1,997,658
22 Canada 3,494,385
23 Chile 6,889,083
24 China 670,334
25 Colombia 17,957,908
26 Costa Rica 1,464,002
27 Croatia 659,115
28 Cyprus 152,321
29 Czech Republic 1,375,988
30 Denmark 639,841
31 Djibouti 14,327
32 Ecuador 310,259
33 Egypt 44,823,547
34 El Salvador 4,779
35 Estonia 87,533
36 Ethiopia 12,753
37 Fiji 5,364
38 Finland 1,381,569
39 France 19,848,559
40 Georgia 95,193
41 Germany 6,054,423
42 Ghana 1,027,969
43 Greece 617,722
44 Guatemala 1,645,068
45 Haiti 15,407
46 Honduras 16,142
47 Hong Kong 2,937,841
48 Hungary 377,045
49 Iceland 31,343
50 India 6,162,450
51 Indonesia 130,331
52 Iran 301,723
53 Iraq 17,116,398
54 Ireland 1,449,919
55 Israel 3,956,428
56 Italy 35,677,323
57 Jamaica 385,890
58 Japan 428,625
59 Jordan 3,105,988
60 Kazakhstan 3,214,990
61 Kuwait 4,468,134
62 Lebanon 1,829,661
63 Libya 4,204,514
64 Lithuania 220,160
65 Luxembourg 188,201
66 Macao 414,228
67 Malaysia 11,675,894
68 Maldives 86,337
69 Malta 115,366
70 Mauritius 848,558
71 Mexico 13,330,561
72 Moldova 46,237
73 Morocco 18,939,198
74 Namibia 409,356
75 Netherlands 5,430,388
76 Nigeria 9,000,131
77 Norway 475,809
78 Oman 5,048,532
79 Palestine 3,367,576
80 Panama 1,502,310
81 Peru 8,075,317
82 Philippine 879,699
83 Poland 2,669,381
84 Portugal 2,277,361
85 Puerto Rico 130,586
86 Qatar 2,526,694
87 Russia 9,996,405
88 Saudi Arabia 28,804,686
89 Serbia 162,898
90 Singapore 3,073,009
91 Slovenia 229,039
92 South Korea 121,744
93 Spain 10,894,206
94 Sudan 9,464,772
95 Sweden 1,092,140
96 Switzerland 1,592,039
97 Syria 6,939,528
98 Taiwan 734,807
99 Tunisia 39,526,412
100 Tunisia 1,595,346
101 Turkey 19,638,821
102 Turkmenistan 16,279
103 United Arab Emirates 6,978,927
104 United Kingdom 11,522,328
105 Uruguay 1,509,317
106 USA 32,315,282
107 Yemen 4,617,359

Total 533,313,128

Alon Gal, CTO of a Security firm Hudson Rock, tweeted a set of data containing a list of affected users of Facebook. He reported that 32.3 million of the cybercrime victims belong from the United States and 11.5 million from the UK.

A list of private data leaked by hackers include:

  • Full names
  • Biographies
  • Dates of birth
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Genders
  • Locations
  • Job-status
  • Past and contemporary life

The samples of leaked data have been reviewed by adepts and the social media networking service confirmed it, but they are giving illogical justifications for this. According to them, the leaked data is old, whereas, it was gathered in August 2019. Two years are not considered too old when it comes to privacy and personal information. It is now being feared that this data would be used for pandemic-related cybercrimes.

Information like personal data, phone numbers, email addresses, and birth dates are most significant and can always be used for malicious purposes despite being old. This data is important and most of the time invariable. Facebook cannot control the leaked data, wherever it goes, wherever it gets posted, and for how many evil purposes it can be used.

According to Alon Gal:

“A database of that size containing the private information such as phone numbers of various Facebook’s users would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks or hacking attempts”

Applications are supposed to provide respect and security to their users. However, security professionals are always advising users to build up their security by not sharing everything via an app. And, also to improve the quality of security of their accounts by passwords, key passcodes, and two-factor authentications.

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