When everything seems to be going wrong, it can always get worse. Many times we believe that on the Internet it is difficult for them to search through our data because "nobody cares" about the life of a person who has a normal job, a normal life and is not popular. Well, this is precisely what makes many people think that if Facebook has private data and sells it to third parties as the sounded case of Cambridge Analytica or similar are not going to be of use to others, but it is precisely the opposite since this information can be used in many ways so we have to be protected and protect our privacy a little.
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For 500 euros on the Dark Web they can buy your private data
Anyone or any company, I repeat, any of them can obtain the data that you have in your Facebook account in a simple way for a price of 500 euros. This is what a new report published by the Cyble cybersecurity firm, in which he tells that there are a total of 267 million accounts exposed for sale by anyone in a database that brings together important data of the people, there are no passwords according to Cyble, but they will find our name and surname, Facebook ID , phone number, email, age and date of birth.
All of this means that in addition to being exposed to Facebook itself that it already does what it wants with this data that it has stored in our life and that it continues to store daily, other people, companies or multinationals can easily access the data and use it for whatever they want. Then when they call you from a company trying to sell you insurance, a telephone line, mass arrival of emails with phishing or the like that does not seem strange to you.
What accounts are on this list or in jeopardy?
There is no specific list With the people who have their data "for sale" in this huge list or rather database, what does seem clear is that they do not have the password data and without the passwords of these users they cannot do much more than keep the personal information of the person and sell it to the highest bidder who in this case will pay 500 euros. The price of this data may seem cheap but it does not depend on many factors and in known cases of Zoom accounts (another platform with significant security problems) about 2 cents per account had been paid ...
It is assumed that all the accounts that are within this database are random, it is impossible to find out at first if our account will be inside or not. For this reason it is important that from time to time we change the password of our account and above all do not use simple or repeated passwords in various services.
How did that data get onto the dark web?
Access to data is another complicated issue to solve, but from Cyble itself they ensure that the possible filtering of all these millions of data comes from any API of a third party or web scraping which is nothing more than a technique used by software programs to extract information from websites and obtain personal data from users.
During last December the cybersecurity expert Bob Diachenko, has already detected another similar leak with the same way of obtaining users' private information and a filter was added to see the possible access to the data obtained. Of course, it will not be the last time that we see a similar assault on the data of millions of users and for that reason we must be forewarned and try with all the means we have in our hands to minimize the risks so that our data on Facebook is the most possible insurance.
Logically the best option is to put aside this social network that already has long security problems in its history, although it is true that it also has millions of people hooked who say what I said at the beginning of this article: «my data does not interest you to nobody because I am not a well-known person ». It is possible that your data is more important than you think since advertising and identity theft are the order of the day and when they obtain our email account, telephone number, address and other personal data illegally, they can always bombard us with attacks to obtain other more important data such as from our credit card, bank accounts or similar.