1.5 Billion Facebook User Data Is Sold? How Do Ordinary People Get Out of “Trumen’s World”

5 min readOct 14, 2021

According to the British “Guardian” report, at around 11:45 am Eastern time on October 4th, the main social service of the American Internet social giant Facebook Facebook has been interrupted in many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. According to the Russian Satellite Network, during the interruption of Facebook’s global network service, it is said that more than 1.5 billion Facebook users’ data was sold on hacker forums.

On the morning of October 5th, Facebook said that the system has now resumed service and we are working hard to make it fully resume normal operation. The root cause of this downtime is incorrect configuration changes. There is no evidence that user data has been leaked due to the downtime. .

In fact, this is not the first time that Facebook has been exposed to leaking user information. In April this year, according to the news website Business Insider (Business Insider) reported that a low-level hacker forum exposed the personal data of 533 million Facebook users on the 3rd. These users involved 106 countries, and the leaked information included Facebook ID, user’s full name, location, birthday, personal profile, and email address.

What does it mean for the platform to leak customer information? “I may be manipulated by others, do you feel that way, it seems that you can’t help yourself all your life.” This is a classic line in “Trumen’s World”.

In the Internet age, our personal information seems to be running naked, and all major platforms hold our information. Once personal information is leaked, spam messages, harassing calls, and spam will continue to flow. Criminals pretend to apply for card overdrafts, forge information, and exploit legal loopholes. This poses a serious threat to everyone’s information, property, and even life safety.

For enterprises, there is huge commercial value behind personal privacy data. Taking advantage of these data means that the “hand” of the business has reached the user’s pocket.


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