Facebook Data Leak: Check If Your Account Details Were Leaked In The Massive Hack?
On Saturday, a user in a low-level hacking forum published the phone numbers and personal details of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online. The exposed information contains personal information from over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on US users, 11 million on UK users, and 6 million on Indian users. It contains their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, addresses, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses.
Facebook recently experienced a massive breach of user data. According to Bloomberg, at least 533 million Facebook accounts' data was leaked on Saturday. Ironically, the breach also exposed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal information. This sensitive information became vulnerable in January, and hackers pounced on the massive leaked database. The leaked database of these 533 million people contains information such as phone numbers, email addresses, photos, and other personal information. Continue reading to learn how to determine whether your personal information has been compromised as a result of this leak or previous leaks.
Check to see if your data has been breached
Luckily, there are a few trustworthy cybersecurity websites that can assist you in identifying potential breaches of your personal information. And, h aveibeenpwned.com is one such popular website. Here are the steps you can take to determine if your personal data has been compromised.
● On your mobile or computer device, navigate to the URL: haveibeenpwned.com.
● Enter your email address into the search bar and hit Enter.
● After entering, you will see a comprehensive list of leaked databases from which your email was obtained. The website will also provide you with a list of companies that have your data and have previously been breached.
● If your email address has been breached, the website will notify you to change your password and enable two-factor authentication on your account immediately so that no one other than you can access your account, even if they have your credentials.
If your personal identity documents have also been leaked, be sure to update and change them as soon as possible, or you may be subject to an identity theft scam, as hackers may use your documents for illegitimate transactions. Further note that every few months, change your passwords for everything. Keep your documents, such as your passport, driver's licence, and identity documents, safe and up-to-date.
It's also a good idea to use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords. 1password, Keeper, Bitwarden, Dashlane, KeePassXC, NordPass and LastPass are a few good password manager services. These are paid services that generate and store incredibly complex passwords that are extremely difficult to crack for their users. However, if your data has already been leaked, you must be extremely cautious not to fall victim to scammers who may attempt to use your information for improper purposes.
All 533,000,000 Facebook records were just leaked for free.— Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021
This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked.
I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data. https://t.co/ysGCPZm5U3 pic.twitter.com/nM0Fu4GDY8
Full list of affected users by country pic.twitter.com/Wrrzd0WyxE— Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) January 14, 2021
Facebook Hack: Facebook Data Leak Download
The Facebook hack exposed the personal information of approximately 533 million users worldwide. Data from as many as 106 different countries have been leaked. Around 32 million records were leaked from the United States, 11 million from the United Kingdom, and about 6 million from India. The data exposed includes user location, full names, birthdays, biodata, email ids & passwords, and phone numbers.