SMS spam after data leak: Facebook does not want to inform those affected

Apparently in connection with the latest data leak with more than 500 million affected Facebook users, there is now a wave of dangerous SMS spam. Those affected point this out in social networks and there are also cases in the heise online editorial team. Facebook, where the data from the latest major leak was tapped, has meanwhile announced that it does not want to inform those affected themselves. A company spokesman told the Reuters news agency that you do not even know exactly who is affected and that the victims could not do anything anyway, since the data are public. The possibility of accessing the data has long been closed.

The background is a database with entries of more than 500 million Facebook user names including full names, telephone numbers, dates of birth, places, biographical details and e-mail addresses that was discovered online over the weekend. Facebook users all over the world were affected, even company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The Irish data protection authority responsible for Europe had announced an investigation and promised to inform those affected if necessary. Facebook itself had insisted that the data had not been stolen by a hack and that it was older. In doing so, the group is probably trying to evade obligations under the GDPR and an agreement with the US FTC. At the same time, there are doubts about the presented chronology.

If you want to find out whether your own data is contained in the leak, you can check this on various online offers. In the meantime, the renowned online service Have I Been Pwned added the option to check your own telephone number. heise online reader Freddy Greve has also dealt with this leak and set up a German-language websiteon which anyone can check whether a user account has been affected by the leak. Accordingly, all data from the data leak from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are entered.

Those who are affected are likely to have already noticed this from the SMS, which have been arriving en masse for days, which suggests the connection. The mesh is reminiscent of older people, for example in front of them the State Criminal Police Office of Lower Saxony has been warning for some time. The SMS therefore come from an unknown telephone number and contain a link via which malware can be downloaded after a click. If this happened to you, you should report it to the local police station. Otherwise you should take a screenshot and delete the message. Particular caution should be exercised with text messages that claim to be about parcel deliveries. If you haven’t already, a third-party lock should also be set up.


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