Facebook has had a massive hack, with the data of around 500m users leaked.
Does it affect me? It is always best to assume it does, the best thing to do straight away is to change your password. Included in the leak was data on people’s full names, location, birthdays, and phone numbers (it is rumored Zuckerberg’s number was leaked).
The leak is rumored to be from 2019, but it is still unclear at the moment. Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in large-scale leaks with millions of people’s data lost. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be the last with ever more information stored online.
11m users in the UK have had their information stolen, so it is very likely yours has been leaked. This is an important reminder to regularly change your passwords. Also be aware of the increase in scams, with your information likely to have been sold or stolen on the dark web. We have also seen a massive increase in scams over lockdown.
Always be aware of people contacting you, even if they seem legit. Scammers are using more ways than ever to trick people into handing over their hard-earned money. It can be really easy to fall for scams, and with such a wide variety of methods used you may not even know it’s happening. There has also been an increase in scams where people pretend to be from the government. Always stop and think before handing over any information.
sources: Buisnessinsider, The Independant, and Alon Gal (Under the Breach)