facebook leaks : A hacker has published the private information of 533 million Facebook users on a hacking forum for free of charge . the knowledge includes Facebook IDs, names, phone numbers, birth dates, and site . In some cases, the info also included email addresses.This isn’t the primary time this particular leak has surfaced online, although the very fact that it’s re-emerged and is now available for free of charge is troubling. The re-emergence was first reported by Business Insider after it had been discovered by Alon Gal, who posted a Twitter thread about the leaked data.
While Facebook says that the vulnerability that allowed this information to be scraped was patched in August 2019, that does nothing to guard the knowledge that has already been leaked. It also does nothing to alleviate concerns that Facebook collects and monetizes its users’ personal information, but features a poor record of protecting that information from bad actors.
In that sense, the leak of a database that has information on a half-billion users is worse than it’d seem for 2 reasons. First, Facebook’s response shows that the corporate continues to lack any real sense of understanding of its responsibility to guard its users’ privacy.
“This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg during a statement. “We found and glued this issue in August 2019.” It’s as if the corporate wants to require credit for fixing a drag because it patched a huge hole in its security, albeit none of the stolen goods are recovered. I reached bent Facebook directly, but the corporate didn’t immediately respond.
That’s a drag because Facebook knows tons about you, perhaps quite the other company on earth. the knowledge that Facebook gathers is what it uses to point out you targeted advertisements. But within the hands of hackers and criminals, it are often used for far more nefarious purposes.
Imagine if robbers were ready to steal the contents of a vault because someone left the door open and unguarded (which is essentially what Facebook did together with your personal information). that might be bad. it might be even worse if the bank’s response after the very fact was, “Yeah, we all know that a bunch of your money is gone, but we’ve closed the vault and altered the mixture .”
The problem is not just that the vault was left open, it’s that everything inside was stolen and hasn’t been recovered. that is the real problem and it hasn’t been fixed. Of course, and this is often the second problem, Facebook can’t get the knowledge back. That’s not how things add a digital world. it is also probably why the corporate has yet to acknowledge its responsibility, or maybe notify individual users whose information has been compromised.
That’s why this is often much worse than a bank robbery. Once your personal information is leaked online, there’s literally nothing which will stop it from being sold to anyone who might want to use it for less-than-noble purposes. Especially concerning is that the incontrovertible fact that , in many cases, the database included both email addresses and phone numbers. Considering that a lot of people use their email address to log in to websites and accounts online, which phone numbers are often wont to verify your identity for those accounts, the very fact that they’re both contained within the same database could make it easier for criminals to realize access to your accounts.
I wrote previously about how smooth-talking hackers are ready to use social engineering to realize access to your mobile number via SIM-swapping. That’s an enormous problem since we use phone numbers for two-factor authentication for everything from your email to your checking account . If a criminal gains control of your telephone number , they will use it to realize control of your accounts.
It’s one thing to know that tech companies like Facebook are tracking you and gathering your personal information in exchange for providing a free service. I just don’t think it’s that unreasonable to expect those companies to stay that information safe. That Facebook has shown, time and time again, that it can’t is particularly concerning.
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