The timing with which the indiscretion arrives isn’t exactly perfect for Facebook. In fact, during the inefficiencies linked to the popular social network, Instagram and WhatsApp, an important rumor is starting to circulate online. Indeed, data from 1.5 billion Facebook accounts would have been stolen and put up for sale.
The rumors started from Privacy Affairs, which reported that some hackers are trying to sell, through an unspecified forum, a database that would contain information relating to the aforementioned number of profiles. More precisely, there would be at stake User ID, gender, phone number, email address, location and name. The source states that “the data would appear authentic“.
However, obviously for the moment there are no official confirmations yet and it must be said that everything is in all likelihood disconnected from the current down. In fact, the same source refers to the fact that the publication of the posts on the forum by hackers dates back to the end of September 2021. 5,000 dollars for the data of one million profiles would be one of the proposals of the criminals. The total “price” for everything? 7.5 million dollars. It would be recent data, but nothing seems to be related to the inefficiencies of 4 October 2021. In any case, obviously there is still a lot of “confusion” on the subject at present, so it is good to take everything with due caution.
For the rest, the news of the alleged data theft is going around the world. For example, TweakTown has already covered this issue. Net of this, we reiterate that nothing is confirmed. To be clear, the mere alleged “announcement” by the hackers does not necessarily mean that they have actually obtained so much information. Moreover, for the moment the issue has been analyzed “directly” by only a few, for example Privacy Affairs, so it is practically impossible to be completely sure.