The personal information of more than 1.5 billion Facebook users has reportedly been sold to a popular hacking forum that could be a nuisance to users around the world and endanger their security. This information appears to include items such as name, email, position, number and gender.
According to media claims «Privacy AffairsIn late September 2021, a user of one of the most popular hacking forums in a post claimed to have been able to access the personal data of more than 1.5 billion Facebook users. Apparently, this data is currently sold in the same forum, and potential buyers can own all or part of the data. One potential buyer claims that the data value of 1 million Facebook users is $ 5,000.
According to a poster published in this forum, users’ personal data obtained by hackers includes the following:
- phone number
- User ID
According to the examples provided in the forum, we seem to be dealing with valid data. In addition, according to Privacy Affairs, comparing them to known Facebook database leaks shows that there is no correlation between them, which at first glance indicates that we are dealing with unique data samples that are not duplicates and have also been sold in the past. Have not been posted.
The seller of this data claims to be a representative of a group that has been working in this field for at least 4 years and has had more than 18,000 customers during this period.
The seller claims that he obtained the data through scrapping and did not hack the users’ accounts. Scraping is the process by which web data is obtained from data accessible from databases.
Although apparently no account has been technically hacked, the data obtained can cause a lot of trouble for users and be made available to cyber criminals.
While the news of the possibility of selling information to more than 1.5 billion Facebook users has been published, this social network, as well as its two other popular services, WhatsApp and Instagram, have been out of reach for several hours and countless people do not have access to them. The $ 322 million cut has hurt the global economy.