Data breach notification service Have I Been Pwned can now be used to check if your personal information was exposed in yesterday’s Facebook data leak that contains the phone numbers and information for over 500 million users.
Yesterday, a threat actor released the personal information for 533,313,128 Facebook users on a hacking forum, including mobile numbers, name, gender, location, relationship status, occupation, date of birth, and email addresses.
This data was originally sold in private sales after being collected in 2019 using a bug in the ‘Add Friend’ feature on Facebook. Facebook had closed this vulnerability soon after it was discovered, but threat actors continued to circulate the data until it was finally released practically for free ($2.19) yesterday.
Since then, Troy Hunt has added the leaked data to his Have I Been Pwned data breach notification service to help users determine if a Facebook member’s data was exposed in the leak.
Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) says that North Korean government-sponsored hackers are once again targeting security researchers using fake Twitter and LinkedIn social media accounts.
The hackers also created a website for a fake company named SecuriElite (located in Turkey) and supposedly offering offensive security services as the Google security team focused on hunting down state-backed hackers discovered on March 17.
All LinkedIn and Twitter accounts created by the North Korean hackers and associated with this new campaign were reported by Google and are now disabled.
Just as in the attacks detected during January 2021, this site was also hosting the attackers’ PGP public key, which was used as bait to infect security researchers with malware after triggering a browser exploit on opening the page.
Facebook took down accounts used by a Chinese-sponsored hacking group to deploy surveillance malware on devices used by Uyghurs activists, journalists, and dissidents living outside China.
They targeted activists, journalists, and dissidents, predominantly among Uyghurs from Xinjiang in China primarily living abroad in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the United States, Syria, Australia, Canada, and other countries, Facebook’s Head of Cyber Espionage Investigations Mike Dvilyanski and Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said.
This group used various cyber-espionage tactics to identify its targets and infect their devices with malware to enable surveillance.
Facebook services are currently experiencing issues around the world, with users unable to access Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
When attempting to access Facebook services, users worldwide have stated that the application will display a continuous “Connecting” message. In BleepingComputer tests here in the USA and India, we confirmed the outage and are unable to connect to the messaging platforms.
According to reports, Messenger fails to connect with internet connection errors. On the other hand, WhatsApp is displaying a continuous “Connecting…” message.
According to DownDetector, Facebook services are currently experiencing an outage in the U.S, Asia, and other parts of the world.
It is not known if this is a planned maintenance activity or a problem with their servers.