Egypt, Italy and the United States most affected by Facebook leaks

Analysis of piles of personal data leaked online thanks to loose cybersecurity and privacy policies implemented On the huge Facebook of social media Egypt, the United States and Italy have been identified as the countries with the highest number of affected users.

A data breach from 533 million accounts generated a total of 2837,793,637 items of data created by privacy specialist researchers. Surf shark It was investigated to generate that analysis. This is an average of 5 data points per user, including phone number, Facebook ID, name, location, date of birth, biography, and some email addresses.

The accounts of 44,833,547 users in Egypt were leaked, and the accounts of 35,677,377 Italians, 32,315,282 Americans and 28,804,686 Saudi Arabia were also leaked. Other most affected countries are France, Turkey, Morocco, Colombia, Iraq and South Africa. The dataset contains data for 11,522,327 people in the United Kingdom.

The exact details of what was leaked will vary from victim to victim. For example, only 4.76% of profiles published their email addresses, while 89.01% had their mobile numbers leaked.

According to Surfshark’s analysis, this dataset can match names and phone numbers with location data (published in 60.58% of cases) and employer names (published in 18.3% of cases), resulting in a large number of victims. Is at risk of spear phishing.

On the blog Goddy Ray of Surfshark details the researcher’s findings, writing: Always check the sender carefully, be aware of links and file attachments, be aware of obvious grammatical mistakes, tones of urgency and too good, whether by SMS, email or other means. Be suspicious of both offers. It’s true. “

The company said it is important to be aware of the size of the Facebook leak that some data is likely to contain false positives and inconsistencies, as detailed analysis is so complex.

Facebook continues Refuse the call to apologize for the caseIt happened some time ago after a malicious attacker found a way to use the contact search feature to retrieve user data from a website. The vulnerability was sealed shortly after it was discovered.

Social media platform said I’m not going to notify you Anyone whose data has been compromised as a result of a security breach cannot be confident that they will have a complete picture of who needs to be contacted. Egypt, Italy and the United States most affected by Facebook leaks

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