Well this is not the news I wanted to hear about today…
Facebook has been hacked and just like with any hack, that means personal data has been leaked online.
The personal data and phone numbers of over 533 million Facebook users were leaked on a low level hacking forum on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
As reported by Business Insider, this exposed data is “from users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India.”
What exactly was included in the leak?
Well, the data leaked includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and some even include e-mail addresses.
While it may seem like that isn’t a major deal, the problem is, cyber criminals can now use this personal information to try to scam people into resetting their passwords and losing access to personal pages, photos, and even any pages you are connected to.
So, what can you do if you end up finding out you are part of the leak?
Well, turn on 2-authentication for Facebook login.
You can also change your password to something more secure and do not respond to ANY emails from anyone regarding the leak or anyone asking you to reset your password.
Remember that most of the time, you will get a notification on Facebook itself if you need to do something or make sure the email you get is from an actual verified Facebook email.
This is truly sucky especially since it’s not the first time this has happened before with Facebook.