Yet there is another Facebook breach. A database containing all the personal details of 267 Million Fb Users were found to be sold online for a whopping amount of INR 42K.
Cyble and its blog revelation!
Cyble in a blog unveiled over how personal details like email addresses, names, Fb IDs, dates of birth, and telephone numbers were available in the database.
It further claimed that their researchers had confirmed the data by buying it only for reviewing purposes. Whereas, they also confirmed that no passwords were disclosed.
Despite the non-availability of passwords, the cybersecurity experts feel that this much data is enough for a million dollar phishing scam. This much data can also fuel hackers to gather more information from other platforms.
“Given the data contain sensitive details on the users, it might be used by cybercriminals for phishing and spamming.”
How did the data got leaked?
As of now, Cybke does not know how the data got leaked. In their opinion, it might be because of web scrapping or leakage in the third-party application interface program.
Web scraping is the process of the extraction of the data from a website. It finds the best use for competitor analysis, betting, and market research.
In the blog, Cyble asked the users to improve the privacy settings of their accounts. They advised people to be careful of undesired emails and text messages. They further said, “We are currently indexing the data at our dark web monitoring platform, and retail users can access it via AmIbreached.com.”
When will Facebook ensure user’s Data Security?
A similar incident took place in December 2019. The fa were exposed to the internet without passwords or any other authentication. According to the researchers, the database was the result of an illegal scraping operation by hackers in Vietnam.
Facebooks defended themselves by saying that there are possibilities that the data was leaked before they made changes in their security system.
Incidents of data violations are not only limited to Facebook but even its subsidiaries, WhatsApp, and Instagram. They are also a part of the online data breach sage.