phone numbers of over 500 million customers going on sale by way of a dark web cybercrime forum
A Facebook vulnerability that was patched in 2019 has resulted in the personal phone numbers of over 500 million customers going on sale by way of a dark web cybercrime forum. patrons can lookup data in the database utilizing a Telegram bot.

Alon Gal, co-founder, and CTO of cybersecurity agency Hudson Rock found the activity and alerted about this to Motherboard.

"It is very worrying to see a database of that size being bought in cybercrime communities, it harms our privacy severely and will definitely be used for smishing and other fraudulent actions by bad actors," Gal mentioned.

Which things make this database particularly worrying is how easily anybody can search via the claimed 533 million entries.

The individual or people responsible have created a Telegram bot that lets anybody discover a consumer's phone number: providing they've their Facebook ID. Alternatively, they will discover their Facebook ID from only a phone number.

The data does not come at no cost, of course. Each and every entry is unlocked after handing over a "credit," which cost 20 USD. These include a bulk discount: 10,000 credits can be purchased for $5,000.

The Telegram bot has been active since at least January 12, 2021. And whereas the information only goes up to 2019: when Fb mounted its insecure server, many individuals keep the identical phone number for years.

At the time of the original safety breach, it was reported that a few of the telephone numbers belonged to celebrities.

"It is important that Fb notify its users of this breach so they're less likely to fall victim to different hacking and social engineering attempts," Gal added.


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