Facebook: illegal sale of 533 million user phone numbers on Telegram

A hacker is currently making money selling access to a database that is believed to have 533 million phone numbers belonging to Facebook users. This represents 20% of subscribers to the social network.

The cybercriminal set up a bot on Telegram messaging to be able to perform his bad deeds. The bot allows interested parties to retrieve a phone number linked to a Facebook profile. All you have to do is enter the account URL on the FindMyFBid.com site. It is not free, however. The unit price for an issue is set at $ 20.

Facebook: illegal sale of 533 million user phone numbers on Telegram

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Customers who purchase multiple numbers are entitled to a discount. In particular, they will have to pay $ 5,000 for 10,000 credits.

A database that dates

The creator of the Telegram bot in question succeeded in establishing the database by taking advantage of an old security flaw discovered on Facebook in September 2019. The social network has also published a press release on this leak which concerned 419 million people. users.

In December 2019, Facebook reported on another leak involving 267 million subscribers. Contacted by Motherboard , Zuckerberg's firm claims to have done what is necessary to correct the vulnerability. The social media giant reportedly fixed the problem in August 2019 and the numbers in the database were collected before that date.

Millions of affected users in France

This breach affects several users in 19 different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia … 19.84 million people would be affected in France.

Alon Gal, co-founder and CTO of cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock, has made no secret of his concern over the situation.

“It is very disturbing to see a database of this size being sold in cybercrime communities, it seriously invades our privacy and will certainly be used for smishing and other fraudulent activities by bad actors” a- he declared.