Have your phone number and email address been stolen from Facebook’s servers by hackers?
Facebook users can now verify that their personal information – including names, phone numbers, gender, relationship status, current location, occupation, date of birth and email addresses – is included in the devastating leak shared online earlier this week. The personal information of more than 530 million Facebook users was discovered in the collection of stolen data, which was collected in 2019. 530 million is about 20 percent of Facebook’s total subscriber base.
Although the information was stolen from Facebook last year, it was privately sold online between hackers. While the stolen data was not publicly available at the time, cyber thieves seemingly used the personal information to hack into users’ accounts, steal payment details, and more. Over time, a treasure chest of this size is traded between criminals multiple times and begins to lose its value as it changes hands over and over again.
And now, more than two years after it was initially stolen and sold to the highest bidder, the records have been shared online for all to see. Given that most of us keep the same mobile number and email address for years, it’s a little concerning that so much personal information is now publicly available.
Fortunately, Have I Been Pwned is now using the stolen data published on the hacker forum for free to make this happen Facebook users to check whether their data was included in the large-scale breach in 2019Created by renowned security researcher Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned is usually a way to find out if your password has been compromised online. Entering the password will search for publicly available repositories of stolen passwords. If your data has been picked up by hackers, you need to change it.
People who use the same email address and password combination for multiple online accounts are at greater risk as criminals can use the stolen credentials from one website to log in to another – allowing them to access your email, social media or worst of all. , online banking portal.
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The leaked Facebook records have been added to HaveIBeenPwned and can now be checked
Am I Pwned has now been updated to allow users to search for both email addresses and phone numbers stolen during the latest breach.
When you search for phone numbers, you should include the country code of your current location, because that’s how the hackers saved the stolen data breach. So if you have a mobile number in the United States, you should start your number with the country code of 1. Those in the United Kingdom should use +44 before dropping the first 0 of their number – just as if they were getting the number from the UK. calling abroad.
Since more than 500 million phone numbers have been stolen, but only a few million email addresses, it’s worth looking for both on Have I Been Pwned. After all, just because your email address was leaked doesn’t mean your phone number did, and vice versa.
If you were one of the unlucky people and your data in the leak has been exposed, keep a close eye out for phishing emails or SMS attacks that try to steal more data.
These could be fraudulent links to trick you into asking you to sign in to a well-known service, such as Netflix, Apple ID, or a Google account, or think of a reason why you need to enter payment information – an unforeseen charge for a missed delivery from the post office, to claim a month of free Netflix and more.
As always, if you think you have been the victim of a cyber attack read Express.co.uk’s guide for the next steps to take here
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