Facebook says the leaked accounts were just ‘old’ data of users. But, here’s a twist.
On Saturday, April 3, Tech Visibility reported that social media giant Facebook has experienced a massive data breach. Over 533 million user accounts were released in a public hacking forum platform. The data has no passwords, which mean anyone can easily get access to millions of people’s account on Facebook.
Turned out, Facebook knows about this specific data dump. As they explained, all the accounts posted on the leaked documents were no longer ‘new’ hacked details. It was originally taken in 2019. Though, it’s not new accounts, experts still want you to take your security, seriously.
Facebook says it’s just ‘old’ dump
Last week, the world was shocked to see millions of names in a recently-posted Facebook leaked data. Around 106 countries were involved in the said hacking incident, with thousands to millions compromised user accounts.
About 32 million US accounts were compromised. While, more than 11 million accounts came from the United Kingdom.
In Facebook’s latest statements, they explained that the massive data breach was not really an active case anymore. In fact, they called it as ‘old’ data breach, that originally occurred in 2019.
Are you safe?
Though, Facebook confirmed that the breached accounts were already two years old. Experts from different countries such as Australia and Ireland still warned their citizens to be careful in using the platform, especially if their accounts have personal data in it.
Millions of those accounts contain a mix of Facebook profile names, phone numbers, locations and other facts about the user. This was the reason why governments around the world still warn their citizens to look out for possible hacking schemes.
Ireland takes action
According to BBC, Irish officials are now conducting a thorough investigation, in order to know whether Facebook users don’t really have to worry about the said massive data leaked. Graham Doyle, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) deputy commissioner, says that data-scraping from the said ‘old’ hacked details can still be used by hackers to make their schemes.
“However, following this weekend’s media reporting we are examining the matter to establish whether the dataset referred to is indeed the same as that reported in 2019,” he added.
What about Australia?
Just like Ireland, Australia has also warned its citizens to be careful now in using the said social media. Dr Andrew Quodling, a researcher in governance of social media platforms at the Queensland University of Technology, said in The Guardian that hackers can still get information despite its ‘old’ registration in Facebook’s data.
For example, hackers can still get email addresses and learn the possible passwords based on the other available info like birth dates, addresses, etc.
“People will take a sort of an easy run at simple hacks – try the top 100 most common passwords, and try to get in with brute force,” he said. “So anyone using the password 123 on that list would be in trouble.”
How to know if you’re pwned?
To know whether your one of the Facebook accounts that got compromise, just visit Have I Been Pwned and type your email.