Phone numbers and emails of millions of people breached and can be checked online

According to a report on Skynews report, Facebook users can now login to a website to check if their email address or phone number has been leaked online

Facebook has confirmed that the data is related to a historic breach related to a technical flaw the company “found and fixed” in August 2019, although privacy regulators are now asking additional questions.

People can now search the independent and widely respected Have I Been Pwned? site – which monitors hacking forums for dumps – to see if their numbers are among those listed in the enormous dataset.

Searchers should include the country code with their query, so in the SG it would be +65 xxxxxxxx.

Troy Hunt, the security researcher who runs the service, says he has seen “near-unprecedented traffic” over the past few days, prompting him to include the phone number search feature alongside its regular email address one.

Mr Hunt said that the Facebook data dump “changed” his thinking about why to only include email addresses rather than phone numbers.

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It’s time to login to your facebook account and tighten your security by changing the password and enable 2FA authentication through Google Authentication app or Authy app.