Facebook data leak includes 6 million Indian users and Zuckerberg’s phone number

The leaked data includes information like phone number, Facebook ID, full name, location, past location, relationship status, and bio.

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New Delhi: The latest data breach of Facebook has leaked the personal data of over 533 million users globally. According to a country-wise breakup, the total number of users include 6 million from India. But what’s more shocking is that the private number of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also went public due to the breach.

Dave Walker, a cyber security researcher claimed that this data breach has also leaked the contact details of Zuckerberg. He is said to be one of the 32 million users from the US whose data has been leaked.

The leaked data dump includes full name, location, phone numbers, email and other info. Security experts have warned that the leaked data can be used to commit fraud by impersonating another person.

CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, Alon Gal posted information about the data breach through a series of tweets. He said in his tweet, “All 533,000,000 Facebook records were just leaked for free. This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked.”

Earlier this year in January, Gal had reported that a hackers have violated a vulnerability enabling to see the phone number linked to every Facebook account. Gal said that it was severely under-reported, and now the database became much more worrisome.

A Facebook spokesperson responding to data breach claims said, “This is old data that was previously reported in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”

According to Gal the leaked data includes information like phone number, Facebook ID, full name, location, past location, birth date, email address (in some cases), account creation date, relationship status, and bio.

“Bad actors will certainly use the information for social engineering, scamming, hacking and marketing,” Gal added.

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