Facebook Data of 533 Million Users Leaked Online

April 08, 2021 | 2 minutes read

Once again, Facebook data leak news has made some major headlines. It has been reported that this time, the security breach has affected roughly 533 million users.

The data that was leaked consisted of personal information of users such as their email addresses, profile names, Facebook ID numbers, birthdates, locations and even phone numbers. 

According to Facebook, the compromised information does not consist of passwords, health, or financial information. However, it still provides enough information for users to be prone to cyberattacks from scammers, phishers, and spammers online. 

The Facebook data leak news was initially reported in January 2021 by Alon Gal, CTO of cyber intelligence firm Hudson Rock, where he talked about how free phone numbers were being sold through a Telegram bot.

However, the latest reports reveal that in the facebooks leaked data a lot more information has been compromised than just phone numbers. All of this information has been put up by hackers for sale. 

According to reports, among the breached accounts, records for over 32 million accounts in the US, 11 million in the UK, and 6 million in India could have fallen victim to the security breach.

Moreover, some reports have also revealed that the phone number of Mark Zuckerberg also appeared among the leaked data of Facebook. 

According to security researcher Dave Walker, Zuckerberg is also using the Signal app. The secure messaging app gained a lot of popularity after WhatsApp announced changes in its privacy policy. 

How can you keep your Facebook account safe? 

The recent data breaches call for a security system that is more secure and reliable.

There are a few security steps that Facebook users can make in order to protect their accounts against hacking and security breaches. These are: 

  1. Activate Two-Factor Authentication that requires user to provide two different authentication factors to verify themselves.
  2. Whether its Facebook, or any other platform, it is advised by cyber security experts to not open any links, mails, attachments or messages that seem suspicious. If an email claims to be from WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram, it’s advised to open the website manually rather than clicking on the email carelessly.

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