Phone numbers of 500mn+ Facebook users on sale through Telegram bot

Facebook has been caught red handed in another privacy and user data breach incident as phone numbers of more than 500mn users are being sold on Telegram through a bot.

According to a Motherboard report, the bot exploited Facebook's vulnerability to access every Facebook account across all countries. The Telegram bot is selling a phone number or Facebook ID for $20 or Rs 1,500, while batches of 10,000 numbers are being sold at $5,000 each.

It seems that if user’s phone number linked to it's Facebook account then it's phone number can be used to find their Facebook user ID leading to frauds and other email and phone number related phishing and hacking attacks. The data breach was first reported in late 2019 where almost 500mn+ user's data was leaked.

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