Just recently, a security analyst has shared an extremely alarming as well as concerning revelation for half a billion people. The security analyst has revealed that a hacking forum has recently received a huge amount of sensitive personal information of online users.
The analyst has revealed that the sensitive personal information data that the hacking forum has received is for Facebook users. He has also revealed that the hacking forum where the information has been leaked has very high traffic on it. The information around the information leakage was shared by the security analyst on Monday, April 5, 2021.
As the number of the users is more than half a billion, then there are high chances that there will be cryptocurrency holders and traders included in the lists.
In the light of the above, the security analyst has requested all cryptocurrency users as well as the rest to be very vigilant. As a result of the information leakage, these people are now vulnerable to different identity-based scams as well as sim swaps.
The information around the recent leakage was first gathered and shared by the Chief Technology Officer of Hudson Rock, Alon Gal. Hudson Rock is known as a prominent firm in the cyber-security sector.
Alon Gal had shared his finding on the matter through his Twitter account on Monday, April 5, 2021. That is where he shared that there were a total of 533,000,000 users on Facebook that had their sensitive personal information leaked out. In his tweet, he sarcastically stated that the personal information of these many users was given away for free.
He stated that if a user had provided their phone number during the registration process on Facebook, now an unknown number of hackers have access to them.
He also got direct with the management at Facebook, stating that he is now waiting for the Facebook cyber-security teams to acknowledge and confirm this information.
He also criticized the security protocols and systems of Facebook, stating that this is absolute negligence from Facebook’s end. They have again failed to keep the personal data of their users safe and secure from such hackers.
Gal also pointed out that the recent leak that has taken place has been exploited through a security vulnerability that was discovered back in 2019.
Then again, it was confirmed in January of 2021 that the hackers could gain access through the highlighted vulnerability. Through the vulnerability, the hackers could gain access to the phone numbers linked with the users’ Facebook accounts.
He has revealed that now, the hackers are able to access a huge amount of information through the vulnerability. The information hackers now have access to include bio, relationship status, account creation date, email address, DOB, Past Location, Location, Full Name, Facebook ID, and Phone Number.