Following the news that over 50 million Facebook accounts were compromised in a major hack, it has now been discovered that hacked Facebook accounts are being sold on the dark web.
Jack Moore, Cyber Security Specialist at ESET UK:
‘“This was inevitably going to be the headline that was feared by many. If this is in fact genuine stolen data and such information is to be exploited by criminals, it could potentially be used to spy on user’s most private information, commit identity theft or worse still, blackmail Facebook users with compromising information. Criminals are always looking for ways to make money or create havoc when such a breach occurs so users should be aware of this and consider changing passwords along with the same passwords used by any other accounts. This would also be a great opportunity to set up two factor authentication to mitigate the risk of criminal activity on one’s account.
And it goes without saying to stay safe online if anyone decides to go searching the dark web. There is potential for unforeseen harm and should be used with caution so I do not advise anyone to start looking for such information or indeed purchasing this data. It will never be verified and could compromise you and your device further”