After Zoom being in the headlines for all wrong reasons like “Zoombombing”, now Cyble researchers have reported that one of the threat actors have dropped an online bomb by dropping the identities of 267 million Facebook Users for 500 Euros (which translates to INR 41,030.98). The compromised details include the e-mail, first name, last name, phone number, Facebook ID, last connection, status and age of 267 million Facebook users.
According to a blog post by Cyble researchers, they “executed the sale and were able to download and verify the data. The impacted users will be able to verify this on Cyble’s data breach monitoring platform, AmIbreached.com shortly.”
Cyble researchers have reported that they were not aware of how the data got leaked at the first instance, it might be due to a leakage in third-party API or scrapping. Given the data contain sensitive details on the users, it might be used by cybercriminals for phishing and spamming.
Cyble recommended Facebook users to tighten the privacy settings of their profiles, and be cautious of unsolicited emails and text messages. According to the researchers, “We are currently indexing the data at our darkweb monitoring platform, and retail users can access it via AmIbreached.com”
Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, had said, “Every day, platforms like Facebook have to make trade-offs on important social values — between free expression and safety, privacy and law enforcement, and between creating open systems and locking down data.”
“Often it is as important that decisions are made in a way that people feel is legitimate. I don’t think private companies should make so many decisions alone when they touch on fundamental democratic values. That is why last year I called for regulation in four areas: elections, harmful content, privacy and data portability,” he added.
Facebook, in a blog post, stated that the social-networking giant already publishes more detailed reports about harmful content than any other major internet service, and we’ve shown regulators how our systems operate. The company is also looking at opening up its content moderation systems for external audit.
Apart from this, international agencies also use Facebook’s Data for Good programme to figure out which communities need help after natural disasters, and governments use our publicly available population density maps for vaccination campaigns.
Let’s see how Facebook will react to this data breach of its 267 million users. Stay tuned for more updates.
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