Facebook says it fixed bug that leaked 533 million users’ data, but why it may not be of much help


A day after cellphone numbers and private knowledge of almost 533 million Facebook customers have been leaked on-line, Facebook has now lastly responded to the incident. Facebook says that the info leaked is previous and it has ‘fixed this issue’ again in 2019.
“This is old data that was previously reported in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019,” says a Facebook spokesperson.
While Facebook claims that it has fixed the problem, the very fact that the info continues to stay in public area will not be of any help. The leaked knowledge embrace data like start date, location, cellphone numbers, electronic mail IDs and different private trivia.
Under the newest breach, knowledge of over 500million customers from 106 international locations has been leaked for hackers to use. Out of these, 6 million are Indian customers.
Also, the info is accessible on-line free of charge for anybody to make use of. It can simply be utilized by hackers to impersonate on-line and cheat different customers. Also, not like passwords, this set of data can not be tweaked or modified to keep away from falling victims to on-line frauds.
Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybercrime intelligence agency Hudson Rock noticed the leak. He says that the database seems to be the identical set of Facebook-linked phone numbers that has been circulating in hacker circles since January.
Gal says that the info was being marketed by a Telegram bot in alternate of cash. This means that the info has been on-line since January and may have been exploited as effectively.