If you’re like most people, you have a Facebook account – and you’re probably pretty concerned about your own data on the site. Hackers recently got into the site and pulled out about 30 million users’ personal information.
The information the hackers took could put people at serious risk, because it includes sensitive data like phone numbers, email addresses, recent searches on Facebook and location history. The hackers were even able to get data on the types of devices people used on the service.
And in about 14 million of those cases, hackers even took information like the past 10 places people checked into, current city and more.
Although Facebook has stated that the hackers didn’t get credit card numbers or other financial information, they did steal enough data to cause serious problems.
According to Colin Bastable, CEO of Lucy Security, things could get pretty bad.
"The truth is that, as a result of this news, millions of phishing attacks will now be launched, pretending to be from Facebook. Up to 20 percent of recipients will click and a large number of those will be successfully attacked, many of them using work computers and mobile devices," Bastable said. "Businesses and governments will lose money, ransomware attacks will result from this leak, and the attack will reverberate over many months."
The sheer amount of data that companies like Facebook keep on their users is staggering – and according to Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Rohit Chopra, we’re all at risk.
"These companies have a staggering amount of information about Americans. Breaches don't just violate our privacy, they create enormous risks for our economy and national security," Chopra told USA TODAY.
What Do You Think?
Are you going to delete your Facebook or other social media accounts? It’s a tough spot to be in, because for business and keeping up with family, it’s one of the easiest ways to keep up with everyone. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to share them on my Facebook page or on Twitter.