Mark Zuckerberg’s phone number appeared among the leaked data of Facebook users

Mark Zuckerberg's phone number appeared among the leaked data of Facebook users

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s phone number was found in the leaked data of 533 million Facebook users. The cell-phone number of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is among the personal information leaked online in a low-level hacking forum, according to a researcher. As the biggest data leaks ever, Zuckerberg’s other details such as his name, birth date, location, marriage details, and Facebook user ID were also revealed in the compromised data.

Cyber researcher Dave Walker said Zuckerberg, as well as Facebook co-founders Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, were among the 533 million users who had personal data posted on the forum. It was revealed in the leak that Zuckerberg uses the Signal app. Revealing more about it, a security researcher disclosed it by posting his leaked phone number which corroborated that the Facebook CEO uses the Signal app. The revelation comes at a time when several users unhappy with Facebook-owned WhatsApp’s new privacy policy are shifting to ostensibly safer alternatives such as Signal. WhatsApp’s controversial new terms of service will come into effect from May 2021. The updated privacy policy alters how Facebook can access users’ chats with business accounts.

Of the 533 million impacted Facebook users, 32 million belonged to the US, 11 million to the UK, and six million to India. As per a Bloomberg report, the database of stolen phone numbers was posted on a hackers’ forum and could be simply transferred to anyone with basic computing skills. The data was leaked last year due to a vulnerability that exposed the phone number linked to every Facebook account.