As of the fourth quarter of 2019, Facebook has over 2.5 billion monthly active users. These entail billions of identities as well. It’s scary and overwhelming to think how that enormous volume of data is protected from malicious activities such as identity theft, phising and scamming.
And now, a company that specializes in providing organizations with security breach and cyber threat reports unveiled that private information of over 267 million Facebook users were leaked and sold for a cheap price of $543 (~Php28,000) in the Dark Web.
Cyble Inc., revealed that a ‘threat actor’ dropped a bombshell when he posted a database for sale containing sensitive details of these users such as first and last name, email address, phone number, age, status, Facebook ID and last connection history.
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Researchers from the above-mentioned cybersecurity firm themselves executed the sale in the Dark Web for the said price. Reports said that they were able to download and verify that all the data mentioned actually existed.
To check if you are one of the users impacted by these vicious act, visit AmIBreached.com — Cyble’s monitoring platform for data breaches.
Cyble noted that as of this stage, they have no leads as to the reason why the data got leaked, but thought it can be attributed to possible third-party API or scrapping leakage.
You may check this guide to learn how to protect your Facebook account.