Researchers say 267 million Facebook accounts are sold on an internet darknet marketplace for only $600.
According to a report from researchers in the security company Cyble The countless accounts offered on the Dark Web include personal information such as first and last name, email addresses, telephone numbers, Facebook ID’s and much more.
Researchers Bought and verified the information themselves and have created a database for consumers to test and see if their email was contained in the breach that may be seen at AmIBreached.com.
While the hack did not contain any hypersensitive information like passwords, it did expose data that may be used to orchestrate phishing scams on people throughout the world.
‘At this stage, we’re unaware of how the information got leaked in the first case, it may be due to a leakage in third-party API or scrapping,’ reads a blog post from the investigators.
Given the information contain sensitive information on the consumers, it may be used by cybercriminals for phishing and spamming.’
Phishing scams use information like email addresses and Facebook ID’s to craft scams which imitation Facebook login pages.
When A sufferer types their login information into the area, hackers have the ability to scratch their passwords and other sensitive data that could be used for other nefarious purposes beyond Facebook.
As a consequence of the breach, researchers are recommending that users make sure their FB privacy and security settings are up to par.
‘Cyble urges users to tighten their privacy settings in their Facebook profiles, and be wary of unsolicited emails and text messages,’ they write.
Last Year a similar trove of Facebook mails was found circulating on the Dark Web comprising 267 million Facebook accounts from mostly US users.