Facebook, data of 35 million Italians stolen: They are published online – Corriere.it

I telephone number And in some cases Name and surname, date of birth e e-mail address About 35 million Italians Facebook subscribers spread the web for free, after being exposed to a hacker site. This data is part of a larger database of 533 million profiles in more than 100 countries: Italy has suffered the most, With many people similar to almost all users of the social network (32 million in the United States and 11 in the United Kingdom).

To report the news, last Saturday, security expert Alone Call and site Business Insider. Other experts in contact Courier service Confirmed the veracity of the data they were able to consult, which dates back to 2019.

Why if he speaks now? In fact, as we talk about it again: A theft with similar characteristics has been known at least since last January.

In the wake of the new revelations, Menlo Park is poised to announce that it is “data and an issue that has been identified and resolved in 2019”: a vulnerability that will allow anyone who can create temporary software to dissociate via the social network (Scraping In searching for members’ numbers, it may be entered at the registration stage or for security reasons.

Now the news is that The database is free and accessible to anyone with basic technical knowledge. This is not a small problem, it just confirms the amount of information on these sites and how difficult it is to control them, explains cybersecurity expert Ricardo McIdo. The biggest risk is linked to the cross-cutting of various databases available to the bad guys: “Let’s take Italy, where the mobile operator has been affected in recent months: by linking the data, he can also add his home address to what has been stolen from Facebook.”

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There is no need to panic, but knowing what happened, it is right to take small but substantial precautionary measures. On the site haveibeenpwned.com You can check if your email is in the database (and although passwords are not currently involved, it is desirable to change it). If possible, Mokiado recommends Do not use the phone number associated with Facebook for two factor tests anymore (When we send an SMS to change the password), it and other websites, because those who have additional information about our identity may try to clone it. The same goes for phishing: those who know something about us or who use the date of birth may target those who are less familiar with the web, try to plan credible scams and create us or click malicious links with notes about interests or dates or places known to the victim. So be careful.

Facebook was contacted by the Irish Data Protection Authority in 2019, despite the vulnerability before European regulation came into force to protect personal data GDPR, and he is now verifying that the data actually existed two years ago. Internal sources of the Italian guarantee say it The Authority acts to control the risks.

April 5, 2021 (change April 5, 2021 | 22:23)

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