What actually happened with Facebooks massive 533M record leak

The leak of 533 million Facebook user records highlights how many of the systems we use aren’t designed to adequately protect our data from cyber criminals.

Over the long weekend reports emerged of an alleged data breach, impacting half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries.

Few days ago a user created a Telegram bot allowing users to query the database for a low fee, enabling people to find the phone numbers linked to a very large portion of Facebook accounts.

It quickly became clear this was not a new data breach, but an older one which had come back to haunt Facebook and the millions of users whose data are now available to purchase online.

While the exact source of the data cant be verified, it was likely acquired through the misuse of legitimate functions in the Facebook systems.

While it wont stop your data from ever being stolen, if your password for a site is leaked it will only work for that one site.

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