Originated from exploitation of a feature over Facebook:
According to a statement of Facebook, reportedly over 530 million user’s data is leaked potentially originated from the exploitation of a feature over Facebook in 2019. During this incident, the company kept it secret after identifying the damage is done.
A Facebook spokesperson told Insider that the data had been scrapped because of a vulnerability that the company patched in 2019.
Business Insider announced a week ago that contact numbers and other information provided by users on their profiles were accessible publicly anyone can access it and it can be used easily.
According to Facebook “Malicious Hacker” had acquired the information before September 2019 by strikeout profiles utilizing a weakness in the online social media service’s to sync information of profiles.
A person in a low-level hacking forum on Saturday two weeks ago distributed the contact numbers and information of countless Facebook clients.
The information did not include financial information, health information, or passwords, Facebook said, but no matter what still data leak leaves users unsafe, security experts say.
Contact numbers are widely used to connect users to their digital accounts, including the use of two-factor authentication with the help of text messages and phone calls to verify one’s identity.
A cybersecurity expert CyberScout founder Adam Levin says “Scammers can do an enormous amount with little information from us,” The information did not include financial information, health information, or passwords, Facebook said, but the data leak still leaves users vulnerable, security experts say.
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