18 million UK Facebook users’ telephone numbers have been found online. The GDI foundation found the cache of unprotected data and immediately informed Facebook and the web host and so it is no longer available, but clearly it has been available for a decent period. The scary part of data like this being available is fraudsters being able to use the data either for spam calls or SIM swapping attacks, (where they convince your mobile provider to give your number to them and then they can rest your passwords and defeat 2-factor authentication). The 18 million UK numbers are only a fraction of the 419 million records that were found online.
ALWAYS ENABLE 2 FACTOR AUTHENTICATIONS BUT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE TEXT CONTACT YOUR MOBILE PROVIDER
Tips and Advice
- Spam calls from abroad? – Don’t answer or call them back and block the number
- Check your bill – if you get spam calls, it is worth keeping an eye on your account to make sure there are no unexpected international call charges
- 2 Factor Authentication – turn this on to improve your security, it is much stronger than just a password.
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you notice unusual activity on any of your accounts
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
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