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Personal details from 533 million Facebook users leaked online.

Including phone numbers, email addresses, etc. According to security researcher Alon Gal, 533 million Facebook accounts have been disclosed for free on...

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Including phone numbers, email addresses, etc.

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According to security researcher Alon Gal, 533 million Facebook accounts have been disclosed for free on the Internet. The insider stated that it verified several of the disclosed documents. The exposed data includes the personal information of more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including more than 32 million user records in the United States, 11 million of users from the United Kingdom and 6 million of users from India,” according to Insider. “It includes telephone numbers, Facebook IDs, complete names, locations, dates of birth, biographies and, in some cases, email addresses.”

If you are familiar with this figure of 533 million, it is because this information apparently comes from the same data set that people might pay for portions of the use of a Telegram bot, which Motherboard reported on in January. Now, however, it seems that those who want to get their hands on the data are not going to have to pay anything.

Facebook announced to Insider that this data has been deleted due to a bug fixed in 2019. The company made a similar response to the Motherboard in January. Facebook told Bleeping Computer: “We discovered this problem in August 2019 and fixed it”.

Troy Hunt, the creator of the “Have I been Pwned” database, said on Saturday: “I did not find any signs that this kind of infringement is illegal.”
He found only about 2.5 million unique email addresses (which is still a lot!), but obviously “the phone number has the biggest impact here” In Hunt’s words, what this might mean:

It is strongly recommend taking a few minutes to read Hunt’s entire Twitter topic about the violations.

Hunt has uploaded the leaked email address to “Have I Been Pwned”. This means you can check if your email is in the record. You still want to know if the leaked phone number is provided through the service.

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