‘The Great Hack’ Explores How Facebook Data Helped Trump 2016 Victory

Late last week the news broke regarding a massive sầu PII leak, impacting cthua trận lớn 553,000,000 Facebook users across 106 countries...including 32 million Americans (one of whom is Facebook CEO & creator, Mark Zuckerberg).

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The PII includes things like:

Full namesBirthdaysPhone numbersEmail addressesLocations

While news of the breach is relatively recent (breaking on April 3rd), it looks like the compromised data might have sầu been obtained via a vulnerability Facebook patched way baông xã in 2019. It"s just...flown under the radar since then & didn"t get public attention until someone posted the database in a low-level hacking diễn đàn.

The "discovery" if you want khổng lồ Gọi it that, was made byAlon Gal, the CTO ofHudson Rochồng, a cybercrime intelligence firm. Gal apparently picked up on there being something rotten regarding Facebook in January after hearing about a Bot that could produce phone numbers for Facebook users around the world.


(Actor Rochồng Hudson, totally unrelated to Hudson Rock và completely irrelevant to lớn this story. I"m just trying to lớn keep you on your toes...)

This isn"t the first time Facebook has leaked a huge amount of PII.We wrote about it bachồng in 2019when 419 million user records were stored on a hệ thống that wasn"t password-protected và accessible khổng lồ anyone on the mạng internet. And before that,when we wrote about the 600 million user passwords Facebook was keeping in a plain text filethat was searchable by 2,000 internal Facebook staff members. Or whenwe wrote about the 50 million accounts that were easily harvested by Cambridge Analyticato help manipulate the năm nhâm thìn Presidential election.

Needless to lớn say...Facebook doesn"t have sầu a great record when it comes khổng lồ security. If you"re a Facebook user & this makes you uncomfortable (& it probably should) you might want to consider checking to lớn see if your tài khoản is amongst the 553,000,000 leaked viaHave I Been Pwned?Or even deleting your Facebook trương mục entirely.

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Warning: Deleting your Facebook trương mục is a serious decision & one you have lớn prepare for (mentally & physically). The lotus-eaters in your life (aka friends và family) who are still on the social truyền thông platform will be confused và possibly concerned regarding your decision khổng lồ leave sầu.

If you"re expecting some convoluted, multi-step process khổng lồ delete your Facebook account, you"re in for a treat. Honestly, all you have khổng lồ do is cliông chồng this link:https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account

Once you step through the process, Facebook gives you up khổng lồ 30 days lớn log back in and reverse the decision. Also, if you"ve sầu got any accounts linked khổng lồ Facebook (i.e., Instagram) that you continue to use, your Facebook trương mục will be reactivated. You"ve got lớn unliên kết each tài khoản manually if you want khổng lồ keep using them separately.

If you"re interested you can tải về a copy of the information Facebook has on you. Since it"s PII Data we recommend keeping it in a secure place if you decide lớn keep a copy of it.

Whatever you decide lớn vị, you should be on the lookout for a rise in Social Engineering attacks using the leaked Facebook PII. If you"re unfamiliar with what a Social Engineering attack is, check out this useful guide:


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