Facebook data leak: How to check if your personal data, phone number are compromised and what to do next

By Shriparna Saha10 days ago

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Facebook users recently faced the biggest data breach in the history of the social media giant sending shockwaves to the social media world after a cybercrime expert found that the personal details of 533 million users in over 100 countries was compromised

Facebook rocked by data breach (Reuters Image)

Facebook users recently faced the biggest data breach in the history of the social media giant sending shockwaves to the social media world after a cybercrime expert found that the personal details of 533 million users in over 100 countries were compromised and put on a website for easy access for hackers to exploit.

Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s data including phone number, user ID, marriage details, birth date, and location were breached, and it came to light that he has been using his rival messaging platform, Signal.

Details of sixty lakh Indian users, that forms one of the biggest user-base of Facebook were also found in the data breach. Facebook swinging to action to defend their safety measures said that the ‘malicious actors hacked the data prior to September 2019 when the data leak exposing the phone number of 419 million user accounts happened and after which Facebook patched the loopholes the same year.

Facebook in a statement further explained it as fraudsters intentionally breaking platform policies to scrape internet services. However, on the brighter side, Facebook assured that the stolen data did not include financial data or passwords.

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