The day before yesterday massive disruption to Facebook-owned platforms, which has already been called the largest in history, was reportedly coexisting with one of the largest, or even the largest, user data breaches.
On one of the hacker forums, one of the users put up for sale a database with confidential data of more than 1.5 billion Facebook users. This is about half of all social network users. This has nothing to do with yesterday's failure since this hacker first announced that he owned such a database back in late September.
According to the hacker, the database includes names, email addresses, geolocation, gender, phone numbers, and user IDs. At the same time, there is no question of hacking Facebook, since the information was obtained by parsing, when information is extracted bit by bit from public sources, and then systematized into a convenient format.
One of the forum users said that he was given an amount of $ 5,000 for the data of 1 million users. True, there are nuances. Firstly, several users stated that they had been deceived by this very hacker earlier, and another person said that he had transferred money for fresh information, but had not received anything yet. Thus, it is possible that there is no database with information about 1.5 billion Facebook users. True, the examples cited by the hacker were recognized as reliable and unique, that is, they were not previously listed in such leaks.