Another incident of data security breach, database having personal data of 267 Mn Facebook users was found to be sold online for around INR 42K. Threat intelligence platform Cyble, which recently exposed the sale of over 500K Zoom accounts, was the first to report about the Facebook breach. Cyble revealed, personal data including email addresses, names, Facebook IDs, dates of birth & phone numbers were available in the database. Cyble claimed that its researchers had verified the data by purchasing it only for reviewing purposes and no passwords were exposed
Cyble told that, he is not aware of how the data got leaked, though facebook said that it might be due to web scraping or leakage in API's. Web scraping is a common practice for the extraction of data from a website. It is used for competitor analysis, betting and market research.
Cyble, in the blog, recommended users to improve their privacy settings of Facebook profiles. It has also advised users to be cautious of unsolicited emails and text messages.