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Facebook’s Massive Data Leak

by | Apr 12, 2021 | MyTek Blog, Security

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Facebook’s Massive Data LeakFacebook The one that didn’t start the social media phenomenon, but has grown it exponentially and brought our information to the forefront and made it available, basically putting a target on their head. So many people use Facebook to keep up with friends, support a cause, or to support their business. With this exponential growth, it has created a data mine that is ripe for exploitation whether it is legitimate or not. On that note let’s look at one of the largest data leaks in history that Facebook is currently dealing with.

 

The Issue

At the start of April, over 533 million Facebook records were leaked by hacker on the dark web. This information included users’ Facebook IDs, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates, bios, relationship status, and more and was leaked publicly. 

While Facebook confirmed the information was from a 2019 leak and have since patched the vulnerability that was originally used, it is still a ton of data that was leaked. Especially because the data was dropped online for free. While they obviously want to brush it off because it is old data, it is still very concerning that the data is still available online. 

Data That Is Leaked, Is Available Forever

While the tangible value of the data is unknown, we do know that once data is leaked, it is going to cause issues for Facebook because Facebook’s major revenue comes from transactions dealing with data, but it is out there for free. It was most likely retrieved through a hacking maneuver called scraping. 

Your company does not have the same amount of data that Facebook does, but you do want to keep your company’s data safe. A data leak of any size can ruin or drastically harm your business. We encourage you to be proactive in your business’ security and MyTek offers many security solutions to keep your data safe. To learn more, give our trained technicians a call today at 623-312-2440.

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Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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