08 April 2021
In a huge data leak, personal data of about 533 million Facebook users has been posted online. This is said to be the same data that was first reported in 2019 but it is now available in the public domain. The latest finding was first reported by Business Insider and it even verified to a data sample.
It is reported that the affected 533 million Facebook users are spread across 106 countries. In terms of distribution, 32 million users from the United States, 11 million users from the United Kingdom, and 6 million users from India. The leaked data includes details like phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birth dates, bios, relationship statuses, and email addresses.
Such huge data leaks are available in exchange for some kind of payment and are not accessible to everyone. But with the fresh reports of public availability, the data can now be accessed by anyone with basic search skills. Even though the data leak is about two years old, it can still be valuable for scammers and anyone looking to use the data with a malicious intention.
The fresh report has once again put a question mark on Facebook's ability to keep the data of millions of users safe. This is not the first time we are hearing something like this. We will have to wait and see if the social networking giant will offer a statement on the situation and what it plans to do to avoid such situations in the future.