Hack of millions of Facebook users’ data revealed that the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg uses the secure messaging application Signal, one of the main competitors of Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
Dave Walker, a cybersecurity researcher, found that Zuckerberg is among more than 533 million Facebook users whose information was leaked in the hacking in 2019, Mashable reported.
“In another twist of events, Mark Zuckerberg also respects his own privacy by using a chat app that has end-to-end encryption and is not owned by @facebook,” Walker wrote, along with a photo of Zuckerberg’s edited phone number. which he linked to an account in Signal.
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Following the news of Zuckerberg’s alleged use of Signal, the company retouched a link to the story: “As the deadline for adopting the WhatsApp Terms and Conditions on May 15 approaches, Mark sets an example.
Details from more than 533 million Facebook users have been found on a hacker website. The information appears to be several years old, but this is another example of the vast amount of information gathered by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limitations on how secure that information is.
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The availability of the data set was first announced by Business Insider. According to this publication, it has information from 106 countries, including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, dates of birth and email addresses.
“These are old data that were previously reported in 2019,” said a statement from the California-based company Menlo. “We discovered and fixed this problem in August 2019.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.