Facebook was on Thursday examining a potential data leak from 267 million of its users, revealed by a cybersecurity researcher who found them exposed on hacker forums. ” We are currently looking at this problem, but we believe this is information obtained before the changes made in recent years to better protect people’s data ”, a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.
Open access data on the “dark web”
According to researcher Bob Diachenko and the Comparitech site, the identifiers, telephone numbers and names of 267 million users, mainly American, were freely available on the “dark web” – enough to carry out vast operations of spam and phishing. The database, posted on a hackers’ forum a week ago, was no longer accessible on Thursday following the alert given by Bob Diachenko, according to Comparitech.
The researcher believes that this data was recovered by ” criminals in Vietnam ”, thanks to a system of automated robots that copy all the data they manage to access. In September, phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were stored online, at the mercy of malicious use, according to the US site TechCrunch. Facebook had partially confirmed this information, ensuring that according to its audits the number of accounts concerned only represented about half of the 419 million mentioned.