MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The private information from more than half a billion Facebook accounts has been found available on a website for hackers.
It stems from a breach two years ago, but the information can still be as good as gold for crooks on the dark web looking to use it.
FOX 13 talked to the Better Business Bureau, who said people have to take this seriously.
According to the BBB, the hackers have almost enough information to steal the identity of anyone with a Facebook account easily. The BBB says to be on guard for strange and suspicious emails from criminals trying to take this hack to the next level.
User ids, phone numbers, birthdays, and email addresses were all stolen by hackers to sell on the dark web, and now the information is out there for free.
“Of course, having your email just makes you vulnerable to more phishing kinds of emails that some people will fall for,” Randy Hutchinson, President, and CEO of the BBB of the Mid-South, said.
The Better Business Bureau says people should check bank and credit card statements for anything suspicious.
“Check your credit report to be sure there aren’t any fraudulent accounts there,” Hutchinson said. “You may even want to consider putting an alert on your credit report and maybe even a freeze.”
You can also research websites that can help you determine if the hackers have been able to open accounts under your name on other sites.
One woman who has a Facebook account told FOX13 she has safeguards in place to protect her identity and cash.
“We have a lot of things to protect us against those hackers,” she said. “So if I need to alert the bank or anyone else that my identity was stolen, we can go ahead and get that fixed.”
Again, even though the breach happened two years ago, it doesn’t mean the crooks won’t find the information valuable now.
According to Business Insider, a Facebook spokesperson told them the data had been scrapped because of a vulnerability, a problem the company fixed.