Several reports confirmed that an attacker, in the crisis of leaking Facebook data, posted details of a massive amount of leaked data about Facebook users, including names, user IDs, phone numbers and emails – to more than 533 million Facebook users in a forum.
Alon Gal, CEO of security company Hudson Rock, tweeted about the incident in January, saying that the database appeared when a Telegram user created a bot that allowed users to query the database for a fee.
Catalin Simpano of The Record also independently reported that the database was available in 106 different packages, but explained that making these files publicly available, you would need to purchase forum credits to download them.
While most records have phone numbers attached to them, multiple email IDs have also been disclosed, you can use hasibeenpwned, a website that downloads email IDs exposed in various breaches, to verify whether your identity has been affected or not. .
Here’s how you can do it:
Head over to the haveibeenpwned link on your phone or desktop.
Enter your email id.
If your email has been compromised, you will receive a warning to change your password and enable authentication.
You can also scroll down on the page to see all the breaches that might include your credentials associated with the email address you entered.