What is a Facebook database

Personal data of over 500 million Facebook users leaked

Criminal hackers have published an extensive collection of data on Facebook users in a forum. As "Bleeping Computer" reports, the database contains personal information on around 533 million users of the social network. You can find phone numbers, Facebook ID, name, birthday, gender, place of residence, relationship status and some other information, according to the report.

The database contains, among other things, the information on Facebook founders Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz, it is said. As "Watson" reports, around 1.5 million records came from Switzerland, some of which were double or even triple entries. The news portal offers a tool on its website that checks whether an entered Swiss mobile phone number appears in the leaked data. The service "have i been pwned?" provides information on whether an entered e-mail address is included.

What is new is not the data, but the price

However, the information collected in the database is not new. As "Bleeping Computer" writes, citing a Facebook spokesman, they were already tapped in 2019. Back then, there was a vulnerability in the "make friends" function; the phone numbers of Facebook users are illegally tapped. According to Facebook, the vulnerability was closed in August 2019.

What is new, however, is that the database is now available for download practically free of charge. In the summer of 2020, it was still being offered for sale on the Darknet, at an assumed price of $ 30,000. Then, last January, a Telegram bot appeared that could be used to buy individual data sets. According to "Bleeping Computer" you can now download the entire database for less than 3 US dollars.

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