This weekend, we learned that the contact details of 533 million Facebook accounts were available on a hacker forum. The leak of personal data concerns 19 million French. Here is a tip to know if you are part of the hacked accounts and a method to better protect your account.
Half a billion Facebook accounts were hacked, and hackers voluntarily leaked the data. This hacking of an exceptional magnitude dates from 2019, and it is an expert in cybersecurity who discovered on the dark web a database with the identifiers and passwords of 533 million followers on Facebook. But not that I…
Alon Gal, the technical director of Hudson Rock, reveals that it is possible, for some accounts, to access the full name, the telephone number or the place of residence and the anniversary date. These are old data that had already been reported in 2019. We found and solved this problem in August 2019,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told CNN on Saturday.
One hundred and six countries affected by the security breach
Except that the data is in the wild, and if the victims have not been notified, the hackers can take control of their account and access more data… Of the 533 million accounts hacked, 106 countries are affected, and France is among the most affected, with some 19 million French affected by the data leak. The United States is 32 million and the English 11 million.
Are you one of the 19 million French hacked? To find out, one trick, and it is the same as when there are large campaigns of personal data hacking. To do this, log in to Have I Been Pwned. This site maintains the database of hacked email addresses worldwide, and it concerns 10 billion accounts! Simply enter the email address you use for your Facebook account, then click on “pwned?”
Opt for two-factor authentication
If your email appears in hacked databases, the message “Oh no — pwned!” appears with the number of times it appeared in leaks. Then scroll down to see the details of the data leaks. If Facebook is present, it means that you are concerned by this recent loophole. If this is not the case, but you notice that other flaws concern you like Dropbox or Linkedin, a tip: change your password for all sites that use your compromised email.
For Facebook, and avoid any potential new loopholes, enable two-factor authentication. Navigate to your security and login settings, then scroll down to Use Two-Factor Authentication, then click Edit. Choose the authentication method you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions. You have the choice between: Pressing your security key from a compatible device; Using connection codes provided by a third-party authentication application; Using text codes (SMS) received on your mobile phone.