In January, Alon Gal, chief technology officer at cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, discovered the leaked data when a user in a hacking forum advertised an automated bot that could provide phone numbers for hundreds of millions of Facebook users for a price. Now, the entire dataset, which includes details like phone number, Facebook ID, name, location, email ID, relationship status and bio, has been posted on the hacking forum for free.
Security researchers have warned that with the leaked data in the public domain, cybercriminals can use it for email or SMS spam, robocalls, extortion attempts, threats and harassment. “Bad actors will certainly use the information for social engineering, scamming, hacking and marketing,” said Gal in a tweet.
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