A leaker says they’re providing info on greater than 500 million Facebook Inc customers – together with cellphone numbers and different knowledge – nearly totally free.
The database seems to be the identical set of Facebook-linked phone numbers that has been circulating in hacker circles since January and whose existence was first reported by tech publication Motherboard, based on Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybercrime intelligence agency Hudson Rock.
Reuters was not instantly capable of vet the data, which is being provided for just a few euros’ price of digital credit score on a widely known web site for low-level hackers, however Gal stated on Saturday that he had verified the authenticity of at the very least a number of the knowledge by evaluating it in opposition to cellphone numbers of individuals he knew. Other journalists say they’ve additionally been capable of match identified cellphone numbers to the main points within the knowledge dump.
In an announcement, Facebook stated that the info was “very old” and associated to a difficulty that it had fastened in August 2019.
An try by Reuters to succeed in the leaker over the messaging service Telegram was not instantly profitable.
Gal informed Reuters that Facebook customers must be alert to “social engineering attacks” by individuals who might have obtained their cellphone numbers or different personal knowledge within the coming months.
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