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So you're one of 533 million in the Facebook leak. What now?

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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If you were a Facebook user in 2019, it's possible that your information is among the millions of records posted on a website used by hackers.

Cyber intelligence firm Hudson Rock over the weekend revealed that personal information from 533 million Facebook accounts was leaked, including names, phone numbers, Facebook IDs, locations, account creation dates, birthdays, relationship statuses, bios and, in some cases, email addresses.

However, for many users, information they had on their Facebook profile in 2019, such as phone numbers and birthdays, likely hasn't changed in the past two years.

The types of information exposed in the recent Facebook leak are also not the most useful to hackers, unlike data such as credit card information or social security numbers.

The method, however, is not foolproof — and Facebook has not said whether it will alert those whose information was hacked — so users should be on the lookout for potential misuse of their data whether or not they show up on such a site.

Scammers are the most obvious potential users of leaked phone number data, but technically anyone could search the database and find this info — so people may also want to be aware of the potential for other strangers to get their digits.

Typically, a social engineering attack involves a bad actor imitating a legitimate person or organization, including a bank, company or coworker, in order to steal data such as login credentials, credit card numbers, social security numbers and other sensitive information.

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