Gal’s company tested the software to find out that it’s legitimate. The entire leaked database is now available on the forum for free. Consequently putting hundreds of millions of users at danger of scams and hacking.
Meanwhile, Facebook failed to put an end to recurring hacks of its databases. In 2016, data from over 80 million users was scraped in the Cambridge Analytica famous incident. Additionally, millions of people’s phone numbers were leaked from the social media giant in 2019.
Gal said the social media giant won’t be able to help the affected users since their data is already shared. However, the social media platform could at least notify them so that they avoid phishing schemes and scams.
“Individuals signing up to a reputable company like Facebook are trusting them with their data and Facebook [is] supposed to treat the data with utmost respect,” Gal said. “Users having their personal information leaked is a huge breach of trust and should be handled accordingly.”
In conclusion, a Facebook executive was once heard saying that “Facebook is too powerful” but the social media platform that banned the president of the United States doesn’t seem to be able to protect its users from data breaches.