The tool checks the phone numbers of Facebook data breach

The tool checks the phone numbers of Facebook data breach

People can use the Have I Been Pwned online tool to check if their numbers or emails were compromised. Facebook says the data is from an “old” breach in 2019 but privacy watchdogs are now investigating.

People can now enter their phone numbers into a website to see if they appeared in a recent Facebook data breach. Details of more than 530 million people were leaked in a database online, largely consisting of mobile numbers. The data

Facebook said it had “found and fixed” the breach more than a year-and-a-half ago. But the information has now been published for free in a hacking forum, making it widely available.

The database covers 533 million people in 106 countries, according to researchers analysing the data. That includes 11 million Facebook users in the UK, 30 million Americans and 7 million Australians. Not every piece of data is available for each user but 500 million phone numbers were leaked compared with “only a few million email addresses”, Troy Hunt, a security expert who runs HaveIBeenPwned said in a blog on his website. ‘Not just a tiny slice of people’

Mr Hunt launched the phone number search function after “unprecedented traffic” to the website, following the news of the Facebook data leak. Previously, users of the platform could only search for email addresses. Visitors to the website can now enter their mobile number into a search box, and the website will confirm if it has appeared in the leaked database.

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