“The records of 533 million Facebook accounts have just been released for free,” tweeted Alon Gal, technical director of the Hudson Rock cybercrime agency, criticizing Facebook’s “total neglect”.
Business Insider says that managed to verify that some leaked phone numbers still belonged to the owners of the affected Facebook accounts.
“It’s old data,” the leak of which “had already been reported in the media in 2019. We found and fixed this problem in August 2019,” said a Facebook spokesman.
Those data includes phone number, full name, date of birth and, for some accounts, email address, according to “Business Insider”.
This is not the first time that data from millions of users of the social network, which has almost 2.8 billion monthly users, has been made available online.
Unveiled in 2018, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a British company that captured the personal data of millions of Facebook users for political advertising, had already reported a leak made by the social network.
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