Facebook terms 533m users’ leaked data as ‘old’

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A trove of personal data, including full names, phone numbers and emails of a whopping 533 million Facebook users has reportedly been leaked online.

The social media giant downplayed the incident, claiming that the data was “old.”

A huge database that previously circulated privately, has now been published on a hacking forum for free, according to Business Insider, which first broke the news.

The data dump affects people from 106 countries, including more than 32 million Americans, some 11 million UK citizens and 6 million Indians.

The trove apparently features sensitive information ranging from emails and phone numbers to full names, Facebook IDs and biographies.

The outlet verified the authenticity of some of the data by matching phone numbers with the IDs listed in the dataset.—TLTP