The personal data of more than half a billion Facebook Inc. users reemerged online for free last day. The leak includes personal information on 533 million Facebook users, such as phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birth dates, bios and in some cases email addresses, from 106 countries.
A complete of 6 million Indian customers’ information is a part of the large on-line leak. Apart from India, the US and UK seem to have been the most affected. 32 million US users and 11 million UK users’ data has been leaked. Cybercriminals can easily get their hands on this data to scam users or even impersonate them online. The data leak was discovered by Hudson Rock, a cybercrime intelligence firm. The data, however, is now is reportedly available for free and could end up in the wrong hands. The Database, which was first leaked in 2019 was initially being sold on instant messaging App Telegram for a fee of $20 per search. Facebook then said that it had patched the vulnerability that has caused the leak. But in June 2020 and in January 2021, the same database was leaked again. The vulnerability was the same.