Facebook users' phone numbers are for sale through a Telegram bot

Someone has gotten their hands on a database full of Facebook users’ phone numbers, and is now selling that data using a Telegram bot, according to a report by Motherboard .

With many databases, some amount of technical skill is required to find any useful data.

The bot has been running since at least January 12, 2021, according to screenshots posted by Gal, but the data it provides access to is from 2019.

It’s especially embarrassing for Facebook as it historically collected phone numbers from people including users who were turning on two-factor authentication .

At the moment it’s unknown if Motherboard or security researchers have contacted Telegram to try to get the bot taken down, but hopefully it’s something that can be clamped down on soon.

That’s not to paint too rosy a picture, though — the data is still out there on the web, and it’s resurfaced a couple of times since it was initially scraped in 2019.

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