How to know if your Facebook account information was leaked

    Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.

    The information is allegedly several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites.

    The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to BI, it has information from 106 countries including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.

    Facebook has been grappling with data security issues for years. In 2018, the company disabled a feature that allowed users to search for one another via phone number following an announcement that the political firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed information on up to 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.

    In December 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet.

    “This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019,” the Menlo Park, California-based company said in a statement. “We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”

    But a third-party website, haveibeenpwned.com, is making it easier to check by inputting your email. For now, it just checks if your email was among those stolen.

    HaveIBeenPwned creator and security expert Troy Hunt said on Twitter that he's examining whether to add phone numbers.
    "The primary value of the data is the association of phone numbers to identities; whilst each record included phone, only 2.5 million contained an email address," Hunt's website said.
    Although this data is from 2019, it could still be of value to hackers and cyber criminals like those who engage in identify theft.

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