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How to check if your Facebook data is being traded online by hackers

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At this point, there’s a good chance your Facebook data has been hacked, sold, leaked, or generally misused by third parties.

On Tuesday, Have I Been Pwned?, a ‘free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised,’ announced it had added to its searchable database the 533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers that are being swapped around by hackers.

The site, run by data breach expert Troy Hunt, lets people input their phone number to check if they’re included in the scraped Facebook data set (which includes more than just phone numbers).

On Sunday, Facebook said in a statement to Mashable that this ‘is old data that was previously reported on in 2019.

Of course, not all of the information included in this data set — which Bleeping Computer, an information security and tech news site, reports includes ‘member’s mobile number, Facebook ID, name, gender, location, relationship status, occupation, date of birth, and email addresses  — might be considered ‘public.

As Eva Galperin, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s director of cybersecurity, noted Monday, you can’t really change things like birthdays and phone numbers often remain static for years.

A leak of phone numbers, emails, and birthdates linked to Facebook accounts is a big deal even if it is two years old because these are not things that people change often, if ever.

suggests general security precautions people should take if they find their data in a breach, such as:.

Notably, Joe Tidy, a cybersecurity reporter with BBC News, reported on Monday that Facebook said the hacked information includes user data from two separate incidents, one in April 2019 and one in September 2019 (so after the August 2019 fix Facebook told us about).

We reached out to Facebook to confirm whether or not the dataset now in the news — also highlighted earlier this month by Alon Gal, cofounder and CTO of the self-described ‘cybercrime intelligence’ firm Hudson Rock — includes user info from one or two separate incidents.

SEE ALSO: Facebook data for 533 million users leaked in 2019 and hey, it’s still out there.

Thankfully for users whose personal information is now being passed out free of charge by hackers, the website Have I Been Pwned?.


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