CLAIMS Facebook was hacked appeared online because it is alleged that the personal data of 1.5 billion users of the platform appeared on a hacker forum.
If this is true, it could potentially allow cybercriminals and unscrupulous advertisers to target people across the world.
According to the data privacy website PrivacyAffairs, at the end of last month, a user of a known hacker forum posted an ad claiming to have the personal data of more than 1.5 billion Facebook users.
The data was currently for sale.
A potential buyer claims to have been quoted $ 5,000 for data from one million Facebook user accounts.
The data purportedly includes the name, email address, location, gender, phone number and user ID.
The allegations emerged at the same time as the outage of Facebook and the platforms it owns, Instagram and WhatsApp, although there is no suggestion that the two are linked.
The three platforms, which are owned by Facebook, had been forced to confirm on its rival service Twitter to confirm to its users that they were working to resolve the global blackout.
Rumors were circulating online that Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were hacked because a wildcard put the site up for sale as a mockery for $ 1 billion.
Scott Helme, a cybersecurity expert, told the BBC the outage didn’t just affect Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
He said: “The impact of this is much bigger than not being able to go to Facebook.
“We also went to websites and saw things like the connect with Facebook button which is not currently working.
“So even completely independent services and websites are in trouble right now, because features that depend on Facebook aren’t working either.”
“It looks like someone really needs to go to the servers to fix this problem.”
He added: “It’s not particularly nice when you have to go to rival social media companies. [like Twitter] to liaise. “
Meanwhile, a wildcard shared a spoofed advertisement selling the domain for a relatively paltry $ 8 billion with the words “investigating now and Facebook could be yours.”
Doug Madory, director of internet analytics for Kentik Inc, a network surveillance and intelligence company, said, “It’s epic. The last major internet blackout, which took many of the world’s largest websites offline in June, lasted less than an hour.
“The stricken content company in this case, Fastly, blamed it on a software bug triggered by a customer who changed a setting.”
“It’s epic … the last major internet blackout, which took many of the world’s best websites offline in June, lasted less than an hour
Facebook’s only public comment so far was a tweet in which it acknowledged that some people were having difficulty accessing (the) Facebook app and that it was working to restore access.
Regarding internal failures, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tweeted that it “felt like a snowy day.”
But the impact has been far worse for a multitude of nearly three billion Facebook users, showing how the world has come to rely on him and his properties to run businesses, connect with communities of affinity, login to several other websites and even order. food.
The Sun Online has contacted Facebook for comment and is awaiting a response.
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