Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Facebook Data Breach: Here’s How to Check if You Were a Victim

Hackers recently leaked 533 million Facebook users’ personal data on a hackers’ forum, cybersecurity experts said. Check out if you were a victim of the Facebook data breach.

The leaked data includes the victims’ names, contact details, email addresses, postal addresses, photos, and more. It is a massive data breach in the history of Facebook, cybersecurity researchers said. 

Even Mark Zuckerberg is a Victim

The irony is that even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is among the victims of the breach. Security experts said the users’ personal information became susceptible back in January, after which threat actors capitalized on the breached data repository. 

The compromised directory includes data of more than 32 million Facebook accounts in the US, 11 million in the UK, and 6 million in India, a threat intelligence firm told CNN

The news outlet Business Insider was the first to report the leak. 

Meanwhile, Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone has said that the leak comes from a 2019 data breach. We identified and fixed the problem shortly after, he added. 

Many Facebook users are curious whether the leak or previous leaks included their personal information. We will tell you how to check if you were among the Facebook data breach victims. Read on!

How to Determine if Your Facebook Data Has Been Breached?

Some information security platforms can help you check whether the recent or past Facebook data leaks affected your account. Haveibeenpwned.com is one of the famous platforms in this niche.

Follow the steps listed below to check if your Facebook data has been leaked. 

  1. Head over to haveibeenpwned.com from your PC or mobile device.
  2. Write the email you used to register for a Facebook account and then hit Enter.
  3. The website will display a full list of breached data directories where that contain your email address. You can even see a full list of the websites/companies that have access to your information and have been targeted by hackers previously.
  4. If your email address has been breached, haveibeenpwned.com will ask you to quickly change your password and activate 2-factor auth on your Facebook and email accounts. 
  5. By following the recommended security tips, you can rest assured that only you can access your email and social media accounts.

More Tips to Protect Your Data and Identity

Remember that cybercriminals are using newer and more complex methods to steal your personal data and identity information. In case your identity documents have been compromised, be sure to change and update them immediately. Not doing so can expose you to identity theft risks. Bad actors can steal your information and create fake identities to use in criminal activities. 

Also, make sure to update your passwords every now and then. And be careful when sharing or storing your important documents online, such as your passport, government-issued ID card, and driver’s license. 

It is always good to use a password manager to generate and store your passwords. For example, you could use some trusted services like Keeper and 1password for the purpose. The best part of these services is that they generate and save passwords that are extremely difficult to hack. 

Warning: If you were among the data leak victims, scammers would try to contact you or exploit your information for other malicious purposes. Make sure not to fall victim to hackers who might use the stolen data to get even more information from you. 

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