The personal data of more than 533 million Facebook users will have been released on the internet, this Saturday, by a hacker, according to Business Insider.
According to the North American news site, these are full names, phone numbers, dates of birth and locations, among other personal data, of users of the social network from 106 different countries.
A Facebook representative told the online publication that this data was stolen as a result of a problem detected by the company and which was corrected as early as 2019.
Despite being data that dates back to three years ago, the stolen information will still be updated in many of the cases and can be used by criminals to impersonate these Facebook users or for other types of cybercrime.
For this reason, users of the social network must be alert, so as not to fall into “phishing” schemes (technique to deceive and obtain confidential information, in which criminals use messages that appear to be real) or fraud from their personal information.
This personal data will have started to circulate on the internet in January, in a hacker forum, in exchange for money. Now, all the information related to these hundreds of millions of users is being made freely available on the internet.
This is not the first time that Facebook user data has been exposed online. Recall the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which personal information of 80 million social network users was revealed between 2014 and 2018.
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