An Automated Telegram Bot Is Selling Your Facebook Account Phone Number

Facebook also said it has tested the system and found that current Facebook IDs are not found in the leak.

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There has been a leak of database reportedly containing 500 million users’ phone numbers and other private information that is being sold on a cybercrime forum. According to a Motherboard report, that the database which hosts data that was pulled from Facebook more than two years ago, contains users phone numbers.

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The report added that would-be stalkers can use an automated bot for messaging app Telegram which allows hackers to look up those numbers to tie them to identity. Access to the data is being sold on a per-search basis. A single lookup is costing $20, interested buyers can bulk buy up to 10,000 search credits at a time.

The report confirmed it tested the bot for itself and discovered it could identify the number of a user who decided to keep their phone numbers private. Facebook is understood to have confirmed that the data breach is true and that it concerns a security issue with the social media company but said the issue has been resolved in August 2019.

Facebook also said it has tested the system and found that current Facebook IDs are not found in the leak. This means that if your phone number was entered on your Facebook account before August 2019, your details are certainly up for sale.

So, do not be surprised when you get spam calls telling you a tale story.


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