The online tool Have I Been Pwned now allows people to confirm if their phone numbers were included in a recent data breach involving Facebook, BBC reports. According to Facebook, the exposed data is part of a 2019 breach and they had "found and fixed" the issue. However, the information was leaked and made publicly available in a hacking forum. A total of 533 million individuals from 106 countries have had their information compromised, including 30 million Facebook users in the U.S., 11 million in the U.K. and 7 million in Australia. "Only a few million email addresses" and 500 million phone numbers were leaked, said Have I Been Pwned's Troy Hunt. An "unprecedented traffic" to the website after the Facebook incident prompted Hunt to add the phone number search function. "I wanted to ensure Have I Been Pwned could answer that question for everyone, not just a tiny slice of people," Hunt said.
Jill Aitoro is senior vice president of content strategy for CyberRisk Alliance. She has more than 20 years of experience editing and reporting on technology, business and policy. Prior to joining CRA, she worked at Sightline Media as editor of Defense News and executive editor of the Business-to-Government Group. She previously worked at Washington Business Journal and Nextgov, covering federal technology, contracting and policy, as well as CMP Media’s VARBusiness and CRN and Penton Media’s iSeries News.